"And what does the LORD require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God"
-- Micah 6:8

"The duty of the prosecutor is to seek justice, not merely to convict."
-- American Bar Association Standard 3-1.2(c)

"There may be a legitimate diversity of opinion even among Catholics about waging war and applying the death penalty, but not however with regard to abortion and euthanasia."
--Pope Benedict XVI, June 2004

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Bearing Not the Sword in Vain

Poor Papa Shea is having a fit of the vapors again about the death penalty because apparently Ohio is considering adjustments to its lethal injection protocols that would include injections into bone marrow or muscle, as a contingency in situations where intervenous delivery of drugs would be ineffective.

Now the dainty and sensitive Mr. Shea is famous for stirring up site-hits by issuing fatwahs against those who support enhanced interrogation methods against terrorists in possession of actionable intelligence. He casts into the outer darkness any who disagree with his private interpretation of what constitutes impermissible torture. He claims that they display an attitude of "how close can I get to morally impermissible torture."

Uh, with all due respect, Shea does the same thing with capital punishment. See, the Church holds that capital punishment is both moral and sometimes necessary. Shea, with some radical clerics, really wants no capital punishment, so they creep right up to the line of the heresy that holds that the state has no right to execute at all, and say in effect, "well, there is a theoretical right of the state to execute, but ya know, in actuality, the state can never licitly exercize that right."

In other words, all the flavor of the heresy with none of the fat and calories.

It bothers these radicals not that in fact the limiting clause placed by the new Catechism ("If, however, non-lethal means are sufficient to defend and protect people's safety from the aggressor" the death penalty should not be used) does not apply in the United States since we have demonstrably not been able to render offenders harmless by the Catechism's unknown and unspecified "non-lethal means."

It also does not occur to them that in fact, executions in this country for murders take place only in roughly 1/4 of 1 percent of cases. If that's not "rare, if not non-existent" I can't imagine what is. It's certainly not the uncaring, bureaucratic, Orwellian state-run-amok that Papa Shea breathlessly clucks about.

Of course I was not surprised by his recently voiced support for a convicted cop-killer, because Shea has shown before that he doesn't hesitate to shoot first and ask questions later. And a guy who spills so much ink over a few jihadists getting roughed up is just the kind of guy who would go to bat for a convicted cop killer.

Perhaps he needs to re-aquaint himself with the Scriptures: "But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake."

Friday, October 02, 2009

Up the Republic!

The Irish, who fought for some 700 years to throw off the shackles of English rule, now must decide whether voluntarily to shackle themselves to rule by the EU.

The Irish alone gummed up the works for the Euro-statists last time around, and now the EU and the Irish government apparently won't take "no" for an answer, and are again submitting the issue to the Irish people, who have the opportunity to strike a blow for national sovereignty for all the countries of Europe. Will they do it, or will Europe continue to march down the road to extinction of their individual nations, customs, culture, and religions?

What a tragedy should the Irish give up their sovereignty to be led by, of all people, Tony Blair, who is lobbying for the EU presidency.