Saint Thomas Aquinas

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Podcast: A Legitimate Crusade To End The Death Penalty?

I have compiled much of what I have written and referenced concerning the death penalty in a new Podcast episode. It is titled, 'A Legitimate Crusade To End The Death Penalty?' It clocks in at over an hour and I have tried to present my position refuting the current crusade that the US Catholic bishops are making to abolish capital punishment. You can stream the podcast here or download it on iTunes from the CatholicChampion podcast channel. Just click the update option on your iTunes for the podcast and it will be downloaded to your computer. Comments are welcome here so don't be shy.

4 comments:

Matthew Bellisario said...

Cool, I guess everyone agrees with me on this one. This podcast has been downloaded over 50 times in 2 days and no hate mail yet. Maybe I'm being too optimistic. :)

Steve "scotju" Dalton said...

Yes Matt, you are being too optimistic. You know Shea is out there, like a great white shark, ready to strike! (I can hear the music now! LOL!) However, his foulmouthness is on a weekend retreat on the island he goes to, so you will have plenty of time to load up on shark repellent. Man, I think I hear another tin cup rattle coming on. He's got to pay for that little trip somehow!

RexKramer said...

With respect to JPII's view on the death penalty I think that much of that can be chalked up to the horror that he saw during World War II Nazi's along with what the Communists did too. That is not to say that his reasoning for being against it is logical but I certainly understand his probable stand against it. However I don't understand why the Bishop's and so many others have jumped on the anti-death penalty campaign. The arguments against the death penalty I have found to be all completely irrational and contradictory. The only argument that seems to make sense is the idea of putting an innocent person to death. Howver if you abolish the death penalty based on the possiblity of executing an innocent person then it logically stands that you must do away with any type of punishment including prison as there have been innocent people put in prison for years for crimes they never committed. I have a friend who was put in prison for 16 years for a murder he never committed. Josh Kezer was convicted and sentenced to life in prison and was totally exonerated in 2008. 48 hours did a show and he was interviewed by Paula Zahn. The man went through living hell. If you have a chance watch it.

Matthew Bellisario said...

Hi Rex. I agree with you on the point of JPII's experiences having a large part in his views on capital punishment. It is also unfortunate that the justice system in the US has many problems. Many poor people who have bad legal representation often get the short end of the stick. I would however be in favor of repairing the system as a whole than to start doing away with certain punishments. If the bishops can petition for changing laws concerning the death penalty, they can certainly so the same for justice reform. That would be more in line with the traditional teaching of the Church, rather than standing the proper view of punishment on its head, (or redefine its nature) to abolish the death penalty.