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  • [Catholic Caucus] Capital Punishment and the Sex Abuse Crisis

    08/22/2018 7:14:01 AM PDT · by sitetest · 3 replies
    First Things ^ | August 22, 2018 | Michael Pakaluk
    Many sense that the hierarchy’s rejection of capital punishment and their complacency about clergy sexual abuse are not unconnected. What I want to say on the matter falls under three headings: separation; vengeance; and protection. All of these serve to distinguish justice, which the Church should uphold, from mere “regulatory compliance,” which seems the main thing on offer right now from our bishops.
  • The Day Andrew Cuomo Got Religion

    08/12/2018 11:34:15 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    American Thinker.com ^ | August 12, 2018 | T.R. Clancy
    Who could have predicted back in 1928 that Al Smith's successor as governor of New York would be explaining his advancement of legislation by his "solidarity" with the pope?  Back then, poor Governor Smith was defeated in his run for president in part by anti-Catholic fears that he represented a "Romish Peril," not least by way of a transatlantic tunnel between Washington and the Vatican.  A vote for Al Smith would put America under the dictatorship of the pope. So when Governor Andrew Cuomo, literally on the same day Pope Francis declared that the death penalty is "inadmissible" in all cases, introduced...
  • CAPITAL PUNISHMENT: Pope Francis vs. the Catholic Church

    08/07/2018 4:53:15 PM PDT · by detective · 8 replies
    The Remnant ^ | August 7, 2018
    RTV's 'Sunday Sermons from South St. Paul' blows the lid off Pope Francis's attempt to change the constant teaching of the Catholic Church on capital punishment. In what surely must be one of the most courageous sermons of 2018, this diocesan priest takes the gloves off and asks: "What's it going to be? The constant teaching established by Scripture, doctors and fathers of the Church, sainted popes and God Himself? Or that which rests on the whim of Pope Francis, who seems to think the Catholic Church’s binding teaching is whatever his opinion happens to be." God help us, what...
  • Pro-abortion Andrew Cuomo pushes bill to end death penalty in ‘solidarity’ with Pope Francis

    08/04/2018 12:37:28 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 21 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | August 3, 2018 | Calvin Freiburger
    ALBANY, August 3, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – The left-wing governor of New York announced Thursday that he will promote legislation to abolish the death penalty in his state, invoking Pope Francis’ controversial new change to the 1992 Catechism promulgated by Pope St. John Paul II on the subject. Earlier that day, the Pope issued a papal decree revising n. 2267 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church to declare that a “new understanding has emerged of the significance of penal sanctions imposed by the state,” and therefore “the death penalty is inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and...
  • [Catholic Caucus] With Catechism Change, An Opening of Pandora’s Box

    08/05/2018 3:21:00 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | August 3, 2018 | Steve Skojec
    The debate over the pope’s recently announced changes to the Catechism on the subject of capital punishment are being hotly debated in every corner of the Catholic world. Some are saying this change is a mere “development of doctrine.” Some think it’s not a change in doctrine at all, but an adjustment to practical application. On The World Over with Raymond Arroyo, Robert Royal characterized it as a “break” with tradition; Fr. Gerald Murray called it an “overthrow.” (Their discussion is worthwhile if you have time for it.) Others – like me – take it a step farther, believing that...
  • Pope Francis Decrees Death Penalty ‘Inadmissible’

    08/04/2018 10:35:26 PM PDT · by massmike · 57 replies
    www.usnews.com ^ | 08/05/2018 | Alan Neuhauser
    Pope Francis on Thursday declared that capital punishment is "inadmissible" and against Catholic teachings, significantly altering the church's stance on the death penalty. The catechism had previously held that the death penalty could be admissible "if this is the only possible way of effectively defending human lives against the unjust aggressor." Francis immediate predecessors, Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI, had expressed opposition to executions but maintained that they were acceptable in certain circumstances. Pope Francis, however, essentially found that that view was outdated. The shift also represents the latest move by Pope Francis that would appear to...
  • CNN's Acosta: I'm worried Trump's rhetoric toward media 'will result in somebody getting hurt'

    07/31/2018 9:49:51 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 99 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/31/18 | Max Greenwood
    CNN senior White House correspondent Jim Acosta expressed concern on Tuesday with the way President Trump's supporters heckle members of the press, warning that the president's rhetoric could "result in somebody getting hurt." Acosta posted a video from Trump's rally in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday showing supporters shouting down members of the press. At one point, one man in the crowd looks into the camera and yells, "stop lying." "Just a sample of the sad scene we faced at the Trump rally in Tampa," Acosta tweeted. "I’m very worried that the hostility whipped up by Trump and some in conservative...
  • Seven members of Japanese cult executed for Tokyo sarin attack

    07/05/2018 10:48:29 PM PDT · by Ciaphas Cain · 33 replies
    CNN ^ | July 6, 2018 | James Griffiths and Yoko Wakatsuki
    Tokyo (CNN) Seven members of the Aum Shinrikyo cult, which carried out the deadly 1995 sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway, have been executed, Japanese officials said Friday. Cult leader Shoko Asahara, whose real name is Chizuo Matsumoto, had been in prison for 22 years before his execution this week. The attack left more than a dozen people dead and thousands injured. Twelve other members of Aum Shinrikyo were sentenced to death for their roles in the Tokyo attack. Asahara's death sentence was finalized in 2006, according to public broadcaster NHK, but trials of his co-conspirators dragged on for...
  • Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on her Catholic faith and urgency of criminal justice reform

    06/28/2018 10:07:09 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 59 replies
    America Magazine ^ | June 2018 | Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
    Christ came to me emblazoned on the upper arm of my beloved cousin Marc. The blue-black ink danced between the bullet scars and stretch marks that graced my cousin’s upper body. Atop this crown-of-thorns depiction was a tattooed banner with the phrase “Only God Can Judge Me.” Marc—like several men in my family—had been caught in the webbed threads of poverty, geography and lack of opportunity during the fever pitch of 1990s mass incarceration. Baggy-pant boys like him fit the descriptions of “super-predators” and “thugs” that dominated our national discourse at the time. Marc served his time, and has been...
  • Too frail for death row? Texas inmate seeks execution reprieve

    06/18/2018 5:33:05 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 41 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 18, 2018 | Jon Herskovitz
    After two recent botched U.S. executions of inmates with compromised veins, a convicted murderer and rapist is arguing he is too ill to be put to death by lethal injection in Texas later this month. Lawyers for Danny Bible, a 66-year-old inmate set to be executed on June 27, said in a federal court filing in June that his health and vein access were worse than inmates in Alabama and Ohio whose executions were called off after IV placements failed. The cases have capital punishment critics questioning whether justice is served by executing a person convicted of horrific crimes but...
  • Man executed for killing off-duty prison guard groans: 'It burns, man'

    05/04/2018 11:31:35 PM PDT · by confederatecarpetbag · 60 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 5, 2018
    — A Georgia inmate executed Friday for a 1996 shotgun slaying twitched briefly as the lethal injection flowed into his body and groaned, “It burns, man.” Robert Earl Butts Jr., 40, was declared dead by a prison warden at 9:58 p.m. after the compounded barbiturate pentobarbital was injected into his body. Prison officials said he had declined to take a sedative. Butts was convicted along with 41-year-old Marion Wilson Jr. in the March 1996 slaying of Donovan Corey Parks, an off-duty prison guard. Parks, 24, gave the men a ride outside a Walmart store in Milledgeville. The men then ordered...
  • Charles Krauthammer: U.S. Heading Down Conspiracy Rabbit Hole (2017)

    03/31/2018 6:05:29 AM PDT · by MNDude · 44 replies
    The other storyline is simply fantastical. Congressional Republicans have uniformly run away from Trump's Obama-wiretap accusation. Clapper denies it. FBI Director James Comey denies it. Not a single member of Trump's own administration is willing to say it's true. Loopier still is to demand that Congress find the truth when the president could just pick up the phone and instruct the FBI, CIA and DNI to declare on the record whether this ever occurred. And if there really was an October 2016 FISA court order to wiretap Trump, the president could unilaterally declassify the information yesterday. The bugging story is...
  • Judge Stays Alabama Execution of Ill Inmate

    02/07/2018 5:36:05 AM PST · by Zakeet · 48 replies
    WVUA-TV ^ | February 6, 2018 | University of Alabama Journalism Class
    A federal judge has stayed the lethal injection of an Alabama inmate in order to have an independent medical expert review his claims that he is too sick to be executed. [Snip] A lawyer for Doyle Lee Hamm has argued that lethal injection would be unconstitutionally cruel because lymphoma and hepatitis C have compromised Hamm's veins. His lawyer also argued it would be inhumane to execute someone battling cancer. [Snip] Hamm was scheduled to be executed Feb. 22 for the 1987 murder of motel clerk Patrick Cunningham.
  • EQUAL JUSTICE for VICTIMS; BOOK REVIEW

    01/23/2018 11:58:45 AM PST · by Lester Jackson · 4 replies
    NoisyRoom ^ | January 13, 2018 | Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
    Recently, I had the honor and privilege of reading “Equal Justice for Victims,” by Lester Jackson. It’s a great and fantastic book showing why capital punishment is urgently needed. I am a big fan of capital punishment; so this book is right up my alley. Something always has bothered me, as our legal system has become increasingly liberal: the lack of justice for victims of vicious criminals. Legalistic sympathies often lie more with those who have committed heinous crimes than the victims they have killed or damaged irreparably. This book addresses that issue in depth. Far too often, politician-judges decide...
  • Gunshot, not Lethal Injections, Is Most Humane

    05/03/2017 8:46:40 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 70 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/03/17 | Michael Fumento
    Capital punishment in the US needs to be debated on its own merits and may eventually go the way of Canada. Until then, a humane society needs to choose the most humane method of employing it Lethal injection executions, back in the news, just aren’t working. For a variety of reasons. While they are bloodless (so is strangulation, starvation, and being broken on the wheel), it appears they often are not painless. They most certainly are not quick, sometimes taking hours. They arguably violate the Hippocratic Oath in having a doctor perform them, yet you hardly want an amateur to...
  • Arkansas Executes Kenneth Williams, 4th Lethal Injection in a Week

    04/27/2017 11:09:01 PM PDT · by Ciaphas Cain · 35 replies
    NBC News ^ | April 28, 2017 | Phil McCausland
    LITTLE ROCK —Arkansas put convicted killer Kenneth Williams to death Thursday night— the last of a controversial series of executions carried out as the state moved to carry out the sentences before its supply of a lethal injection drug expired. Arkansas Department of Correction Spokesman Solomon Graves said that the lethal injection was administered at 10:52 p.m. local time (11:52 p.m. ET) and Williams was declared dead at 11:05 p.m. Williams, 38, was scheduled to die at 7 p.m. local time (8 p.m. ET) via lethal injection at the Cummins Unit, where the state's death chamber is housed, about 75...
  • Arkansas executes 2 inmates on the same gurney, hours apart

    04/24/2017 11:29:58 PM PDT · by Ciaphas Cain · 61 replies
    ABC News ^ | April 25, 2017 | ANDREW DEMILLO AND KELLY P. KISSEL
    Two inmates received lethal injections on the same gurney Monday night about three hours apart as Arkansas completed the nation's first double execution since 2000, just days after the state ended a nearly 12-year hiatus on administering capital punishment. While the first inmate, Jack Jones, 52, was executed on schedule, shortly after 7 p.m., attorneys for the second, Marcel Williams, 46, convinced a federal judge minutes later to briefly delay his execution over concerns about how the earlier one was carried out. They claimed Jones "was moving his lips and gulping for air," an account the state's attorney general denied,...
  • Death Row Inmate Lee's Execution ON HOLD (1 of 8 AR death in APR)

    04/20/2017 6:17:28 PM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 16 replies
    Fox 16 news ^ | 20 APR 17 | dcbryan1
    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The latest ruling from the 8th Circuit Court has postponed Lee's execution -- originally scheduled for 7 p.m. -- to 8:15 p.m. There are no other legal barriers at this time hindering his execution from moving forward. Thursday afternoon, the Arkansas Supreme Court denied Attorney General Leslie Rutledge's request for reconsideration on the stay that was granted for Stacey Johnson. Johnson's stay will not be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, meaning his scheduled execution will not happen.
  • The World Watches

    04/19/2017 8:47:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 19, 2017 | Paul Greenberg
    It is a plea for mercy -- not out of the Arkansas statutes but from an older and more venerable legal code: Forgive them, Father, for they know not what they do. But it's a plea that cannot be made today on behalf of the people of this sovereign state. For we still have the death penalty, still tell pollsters we like it and insist that our politicians bow to it before sending them to Little Rock. We know exactly what we do. And the whole world is watching. Vengeance is mine, sayeth the almighty State of Arkansas -- because...
  • Florida prosecutor who refuses to seek death penalty has most of her murder cases reassigned

    04/04/2017 5:15:54 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | April 4, 2017 | JAZZ SHAW
    Remember when we talked about Florida State Attorney Aramis Ayala last month? She was assigned the case of Markeith Loyd, a man whose many crimes included executing a police officer in cold blood. Without any warning of her position while running for that office, Aramis declared that she would not seek the death penalty in Loyd’s trial and, just to put some icing on the cake, announced that she wouldn’t be taking that step for any criminals, no matter how heinous their deeds. That got her into a confrontation with Governor Rick Scott (along with an army of enraged constituents)...