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Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 8.8.18

 Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 8.8.18

 

Last week’s death penalty headline news was that Pope Francis ordered a revision of the Catechism of the Catholic Church to assert “the death penalty is inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person” and to commit the church to working toward its abolition worldwide. There had been previous statements against capital punishment by Pope Francis and other popes before him but what makes this order different is that it comes out against the death penalty in all cases as a matter of doctrine and the commitment of the church worldwide to work toward abolition worldwide.

Speaking from our experience with catholic churches in Alabama although there was support it was never without reservations. This should make it easier for Catholics both lay and clergy to know where they stand on this issue.

We were delighted by Governor Cuomo’s strong statement: "By declaring the death penalty inadmissible in all cases and working to end the practice globally, Pope Francis is ushering in a more righteous world for us all. The death penalty is morally indefensible and has no place in the 21st century.” Today, in solidarity with Pope Francis and in honor of my father, I will be advancing legislation to remove the death penalty -- and its ugly stain in our history -- from State law once and for all." N.Y. has a complicated history with the death penalty and although not used in over a decade this is certainly a timely statement and perhaps an answer to those who wonder just what difference Pope Francis’ order might make.

And in line with keeping things positive we like Chicago Cardinal Blasé Cupich wish that Justice Antonin Scalia had lived to see Pope Francis’ new death penalty declaration. Well even without Scalia there are quite a few catholic U.S. Supreme Court Justices who one hopes will find their pro death penalty stand more difficult to maintain.

 

 See you next week!

 

                                                                                    Esther