With Catholics like this, Protestant Churches pandering to homos, and Unitarians spreading confusion who wants to be a Christian?
If he feels compassion for a terrorist, them pray for him. Pray for him publicly if you feel strongly. But to chastise the victims and their representative who are only seek secular justice is way, way over the top, and not legitimately within His Eminence’s purview! Those who are more qualified than I, please correct me if I am missing something here
You’ll find Catholic priests at most of the pro-illegal alien demonstrations also.
The jerkwad you want everybody to show compassion for may outlive many of the victim's families as a free man. Their punishment will go on until the day they die.
One thing about the death penalty. It has a 100% success rate stopping repeat offenders.
Well, Ol’ Kenny needs to understand that if America has a culture of vengence, it is our culture of vengence. He needs to get concerned about the prostate function within his church.
When the American relatives of the victims request an official and open inquiry into the circumstances of this transparently fraudulent transaction, the author of this article, a Roman Catholic cardinal, writes that Americans should not presume to inquire into the Scottish justice but rather consider their own declensions. Evidently, the good Cardinal objects to an "invidious" practice which he says Americans have in common with other nations which practice the organized religion in question, to wit, capital punishment.
The article does not make explicit how the Cardinal logically connects the fact that about 50 percent of American states have capital punishment to an inquiry into a fraud perpetuated against Scottish justice. Does the cardinal mean that capital punishment creates a "culture of vengeance" which disqualifies those tainted by this association from inquiring into miscarriages of Scottish justice? Curiously, the cardinal does not distinguish between those Americans resident in states which have capital punishment from those resident in states which do not. He disqualifies both classes from such inquiry, evidently on moral and religious grounds.
By his own words, the cardinal associates American citizens of one state with those of another state and finds all equally disqualified perhaps because, "the use of the death penalty means the US kept "invidious company" with countries like Saudi Arabia and Iran. " It could be that the cardinal believes that since the United States as a whole has retained the death penalty on the federal level all citizens of the United States are tainted. How are they tainted? Guilt by association, of course, the United States somehow resembles countries "like Saudi Arabia and Iran" which are theocracies conducted by the religion in question, the religion of the mass murderer, the religion of the jubilant public celebrating the mass -murderer's release from prison.
Finally, the cardinal does not tell us what capital punishment in America has to do with imprisonment in Scotland. Why should Americans, even those benighted American who support capital punishment, be disqualified from inquiring into the allegedly corruptly procured release from prison in Scotland of a mass murderer of 189 Americans? Are Americans so corrupted by the mere presence of capital punishment in their midst that they cannot even ask about corruption which permits the guilty to escape punishment by imprisonment?
Maybe the cardinal's objection really has not so much to do with capital punishment, maybe it has to do with compassion and the avoidance of the sin of "retribution ." "Cardinal O'Brien said Americans are too fixed on retribution." Maybe, no punishment is in order less we seek retribution?
The cardinal could have considered that Americans are considering deterrence. What about the effect in places like Saudi Arabia and Iran, does the cardinal think they will be deterred by the travesty in Scotland? By all accounts, the mass murderer is healthy enough to murder again. If he does, I am sure the relatives of new American victims will take Cardinal O'Brien's admonition to heart and avoid fixating on "retribution."
Punishment is so Old Testament.
I’m a Catholic and I love my Church, but I must say that the Cardinal is very wrong in his take on this. Americans, who if I remember correctly made up the majority of the victims in this bombing, are not necessarily looking for vengeance but they are looking for justice.
Cardinal O’Brien’s motives in making all these accusations against the US may be very sincere and heartfelt, but sadly they come across as an attempt to muddy the water and take the, well deserved, heat off of his country. Scotland made a bad decision and now they are mortified and embarrassed. Unless something dramatic and unexpected happens to rectify the situation, it seems that Scotland as well as all the rest of us, will just have to live with it.
O’Brien is a well known leftist, gay-friendly fool who hates the current Pope.
It would have been compassionate to execute him.
You’re wrong, Keith.