"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

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Shea, Strike Two.

I understand that Papa Shea is not an intellectual, he's a "controversialist." And that his urgent dislike is directed against anyone who supports the limited, just use of the death penalty.

But really, first he attempts to tie supporters of the limited, just use of the death penalty such as we have in the U.S. to the corpse of racist practices of the last millenia; now he holds his skirts and titters in mock wonderment that proponents of capital punishment aren't taking the Saudi example as a template for our own capital punishment jurisprudence.

I could throw out phrases like abusus non tollit usus, but that's Latin, so Mark wouldn't understand.

So let's just stick to the easy stuff: we don't yet have Sharia law in this country, so the chances of someone being convicted for sorcery, much less executed for it, are--what's the phrase? "practically non-existent." I'll go further and say that it will never happen unless and until Sharia becomes effective in some state, and then is viewed as trumping the Bill of Rights.

Until then, call me crazy, but I think it's intellectually plausible to condemn Islamic barbarism in Saudi Arabia without in the slightest affecting one's view of the propriety of capital punishment in the West.


scotju said...

To say that Mark Shea isn't an intellectual is the understatement of the year! LOL! The man is nothing but a loud-mouth know-it-all who has the attitude if you disagree with him on any of his hobbyhorses, you're a bad person. He's what Daniel Flynn calls in his book on them, an 'intellectual moron'. Shea has blinded himself, by accepting without reflection, the liberal line on the death penalty. He will not listen to the real experts like cops, victims, families of victims, judges, prosecuting and defense attorneys have to say about the subject. In his combox retort, he even disagrees with Genesis 9:5-6 says about the death penalty.
Also, I'm getting sick and tired of Shea and others hiding behind the Pope to justify their stance on the death penalty. PBXVI and PJPII have spoken out against it, but it was only their private opinion. The history of the Church proves the death penalty was always endorsed by the magisterium as the just punishment for murder, rape, and treason. so what John Paul II and Benedict XVI say about the dp doesn't count unless it lines up with tradition and the magisterium.
Finally, some words from Papa Shea that are ironically self-condemming. "Every Catholic who accuses the magisterium of "contradicting the Bible" and thereby sets himself up as his own Magisterium." All hail the magisterim of one, Pope Mark the 0!

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