It seems that Mark Shea has gone on another one of his nonsensical rampages against me again. He made a complete fool out himself over at Tom Wood's blog claiming he knew nothing about economics, yet he runs off at the keyboard about the subject all of the time as if he was some authority on the subject. When I and another commenter pointed this out in the combox, he apparently felt he had to seek vengeance on me for it, so he again attacked my character by essentially calling me a dissenting Catholic in his latest article on Inside Catholic. As he has done before, he has falsely accused me of being for "maximum death", which I have never called for. In fact, the only point I have argued for is that the death penalty should not be completely abolished, because there are cases where the State deems it necessary to keep the moral order. This is something that is tied into the natural law. I wrote two articles on my blog pertaining to this issue, and nothing I have said goes against the official teaching of the Church. The Church has always said that there are certain instances where Capital Punishment is permissible. According to Mark Shea however, anyone who is not actively seeking its complete abolition at this time is not a good Catholic. Take a look at Mark Shea's latest post on Inside Catholic. The article is ridiculous and it is quite easy to point out some his gross errors and false accusations. What amazes me is that anyone in their right mind would invite and actually pay to have this guy to talk at their parish. That being said, lets look at some of the brilliant comments Shea has written.
Shea in his article repeatedly puts words in my mouth lumping me in as someone who is for maximum death. This is a nothing but a lie and a complete fabrication. Mark Shea however pulls this kind of trash talking all of the time. Shea links my blog article on his new post and then sums me up in his "bottom line." "Bottom line: For the dedicated death penalty maximalist, if you aren't in favor of maximum death for the maximum number of criminals, you are a Bad Catholic." Where I have ever said that we need to apply maximum death to a maximum number of criminals and anyone does not is a bad Catholic? I'll give you a hint, I never have. Read my two articles here and here. Shea has no clue as to what he is talking about. This is nothing but Shea throwing a fit.
Shea has read a few lines from the Catechism about the death penalty and now he thinks he is an expert on the subject. It seems to me he does not even understand the basics of morality or even the primary purpose of punishment in general. The two articles linked above, and on my sidebar, are what I have formally written on the matter, aside from some brief commenting on some blogs, and as I said, nothing I have written goes against formal Church teaching. If were Shea I would be worried about writing things like, "It does not follow from this that all morality should be legislated. I don't want a law making sure everybody honors the Sabbath. I don't think homosexual activity should be criminalized." That was Mark Shea's brilliant opinion on Catholic morality concerning laws on homosexuality. In Shea's opinion it should be legalized! No problem for Shea. I wonder if Shea has read the Vatican document that looks down upon governments legalizing it? I guess not. You can read all about Shea's opinion on it here. It seems that he contradicts himself at every turn. He quotes the Catechism on the death penalty and then condemns anyone whom he thinks does not adhere to it as if it is infallible on this subject in two paragraphs, then he contradicts another Church document on homosexuality where the Vatican says its not good for laws on homosexuality to be changed that allow it. Which side he going to stay on? For Shea, the "One man Magisterium" it is of no matter. If you don't agree with him, look out, he's gong to get ya! Read some of his articles, especially the one by him saying that homosexuality should not be outlawed. Then you can get a feel for how bankrupt this guy is when it comes to teaching Catholicism, let alone making a living off of it. This is truly a travesty, and shows the poor state of Catholic apologetics today. He really has no clue as to what he is talking about and is about as shallow as they come. He is a true cut and paste kind of guy when it comes to apologetics. If I were him I would stay away from commenting on subjects like Capital Punishment, economics, or any moral theology in general. It is way out of his league. I also do not appreciate being misrepresented like he has done here again on Capital Punishment. Buyer beware.