Some Remarks on Pro Death Penalty Arguments

..are the subject of today’s ruminations over at the Register. [Read more...]

End the Death Penalty

Excellent! Four Catholic journals–the National Catholic Register, the National Catholic Reporter, America, and Our Sunday Visitor–to call for the abolition of the death penalty. And for good measure, the Patheos Catholic Channel pitches in too. It’s time for “faithful conservative prolife” death penalty advocates to start listening to the Church’s teaching instead of finding clever [Read More...]

End Human Sacrifice

Here’s a petition to stop one pointless exercise in vengeful bloodlust scheduled for this evening. Is there any greater stupidity than the argument than “the death penalty helps the criminal focus on repentance” followed by “Kill her anyway!” when the criminal repents? A reading from the gospel of Christians for the Death Penalty: Jesus looked [Read More...]

The Death Penalty as Assisted Suicide

We are told that the death penalty (which we celebrate by conducting in total secrecy) is supposed to be a deterrent.  We are also told that as prolife Christians, we are supposed to be opposed to assisted suicide. So what do “prolife” death penalty advocates make of a case where the reason a man killed [Read More...]

The Tragedy of Culture of Death Conservatism

…that is, the kind of conservatism Rick Perry represents, is that eagerness to butcher a severely mentally ill man is construed as moral strength while the Church’s teaching is construed as wimpy weakness. The Church’s approach to inflicting death is “How can we avoid killing unless we absolutely have to?” The culture of death, left [Read More...]


…the death penalty. [Read more...]

Abolish the Damn Death Penalty

Arizona act of human sacrifice to pagan god of vengeance takes two hours to kill victim. Advanced civilizations of Communist China, Yemen, Iraq, Iran, North Korea and Saudi Arabia send telegram to Governor: “Congratulations!  You’re one of us!” This is a pro-life issue. [Read more...]

CA Judge declares death penalty unconstitutional

Another step toward the abolition of the death penalty, which is also a prolife issue if, like the Church, you practice a preferential option for life and ask not “When do we get to kill and harm?” but “How can we limit killing and harming to only those times when it is absolutely necessary?” My [Read More...]

Don’t worry. There are tiny hamsters eating tiny burritos at the end

Oh, and some of the language is not safe for work: [Read more...]

Poor Ramesh Ponnuru

He made the mistake of suggesting to conservative enthusiasts for the culture of death that we should not kill people if we don’t have to. One might as well develop Tourette’s Syndrome in Church in some sectors of conservative thought, where the question is intensely focused “When do we *get* to kill people?” The death [Read More...]