A Catholic defense of capital punishment

Provocative new book by Ignatius Press explains perennial teaching of the Church

The Catholic Church has in recent decades been associated with political efforts to eliminate the death penalty. In fact, the three most recent popes, John Paul II, Benedict XVI and Francis, have called for the abolition of the death penalty. In 2016, Francis said, "Nowadays the death penalty is unacceptable, however grave the crime of the convicted person." With such … [Read more...]

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Measure that speeds up executions weighed by CA Supreme Court

Is Proposition 66, which California bishops opposed but which passed anyway, unconstitutional?

A ballot measure intended to speed up the application of the death penalty is now being challenged before the California Supreme Court. For its part, the California Catholic Conference has repeated its warning that a speedy death penalty risks further injustice. “The last three Popes have said that the death penalty is no longer needed,” Steve Pehanich, director of … [Read more...]

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Fresno diocese responds to April 18 shooting spree

"An incomprehensible depth of hatred carried in the heart of one man"

The following is a response from Diocese of Fresno to the shootings that occurred on April 18: In less than three minutes, three lives were taken for no apparent reason beyond an incomprehensible depth of hatred carried in the heart of one man. Scripture states: “Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates a brother or sister is still in the darkness. Anyone who loves … [Read more...]

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Gov. Jerry Brown issues Easter pardons and commutations

Among them was commutation of the sentence for a Los Angeles woman who was 18 when convicted of killing her newborn child

Continuing his tradition of considering the requests of felons for a second chance both at Christmas and Easter, Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday issued 72 pardons and seven sentence commutations for crimes ranging from burglary to being an accomplice in a murder. The bulk of the actions by Brown, however, were for nonviolent drug crimes. Former prisoners who served time for those … [Read more...]

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San Bernardino victims remembered

After Mass, a small bell installed in the back of the church was rung after each victim’s name was read

The following comes from a December 9 Angelus article by R.W. Dellinger: During the first anniversary of the Dec. 2 terrorist attack last year in San Bernardino, a Mass of Remembrance and Healing was celebrated at Our Lady Queen of Peace Cemetery in nearby Colton. Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus Rutilio del Riego presided at the liturgy held in the mausoleum’s All Souls Chapel … [Read more...]

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A different kind of prayer warrior

Priest travels the streets of San Francisco to pray for homicide victims where they were killed

The following comes from a November 1 Christian Today article by Andre Mitchell: A Roman Catholic priest has been going around the city of San Francisco, California for the past four years to pray for those killed in the streets. Rev. Michael Quinn from the Archdiocese of San Francisco has made it his mission to say prayers and sprinkle holy water on city streets that … [Read more...]

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“It is time for us to end the death penalty”

Archbishop Jose Gomez explains why Church now favors abolition of the ultimate punishment for crime

The following comes from a September Angelus article written by Archbishop Jose Gomez: On the ballot this Nov. 8 in California is Proposition 62. This proposition would repeal the death penalty in our state and would make life in prison without parole the maximum punishment that could be imposed for crimes of murder. My brother bishops and I in the California Catholic … [Read more...]

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