We say: thank God we have a president that seeks justice for innocent people, not the ideologues. We still believe that the Death Penalty is a deterrent and authentic justice for all innocent Americans. Other posts on this website reveal that ideologues like Pope Francis, Sister Helen Prejean, and the U.S. Bishops are against prison sentencing and prefer “restorative justice” that favors the criminal!
Trump Administration Resumes Federal Death Penalty, Schedules Executions for 5 Child-Killers
Attorney General William P. Barr has directed the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) to adopt a proposed Addendum to the Federal Execution Protocol—clearing the way for the federal government to resume capital punishment after a nearly two decade lapse, and bringing justice to victims of the most horrific crimes. The Attorney General has further directed the Acting Director of the BOP, Hugh Hurwitz, to schedule the executions of five death-row inmates convicted of murdering, and in some cases torturing and raping, the most vulnerable in our society—children and the elderly.
“Congress has expressly authorized the death penalty through legislation adopted by the people’s representatives in both houses of Congress and signed by the President,” Attorney General Barr said. “Under Administrations of both parties, the Department of Justice has sought the death penalty against the worst criminals, including these five murderers, each of whom was convicted by a jury of his peers after a full and fair proceeding. The Justice Department upholds the rule of law—and we owe it to the victims and their families to carry forward the sentence imposed by our justice system.”
JUST IN TIME FOR HALLOWEEN: NUNS IN PANTSUITS! We copy our page here, the Sister Helen Prejean Dossier.
Profile. Death Penalty Abolitionist, Social Justice Activist, and Community Organizer; Author and Lecturer. Co-Founder of the Catholic Mobilizing Network. Sr. Prejean is based in the Archdiocese of New Orleans, Louisiana. She is a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Medaille. Her bishop is Archbishop Gregory Michael Aymond – 7887 Walmsley Ave., New Orleans LA 70125-3496 Phone: 504-861-9521 . Her blog.
This Dossier Exposes her BLINDNESS to the ABORTION holocaust; OBSESSION with GUILTY MURDERERS; DEFIANCE against traditional Catholic teaching; her connections with the NEW AGE FEMINISTS NUN MOVEMENTS and DISSENTING ORGANIZATIONS; and the ACLU.
“I’ve got to tell you what I’ve learned. When you start talking about the death penalty, there’s a deep religious underpinning. Who is God for us? It is God who demands an eye-for-an-eye. It is God who is pleased with sacrifice.
“And in the Christian tradition, there are those who say God allowed or even willed his own son, Jesus, to be sacrificed and killed on the cross in payment for our sins! And when we kill criminals we have chaplains in death houses! And when we kill criminals for their crimes God accepts their death in payment for their sins so they can go to heaven! What kind of god do we believe in?!
“What kind of father would demand the death of a son? Is this a god? Or is it an ogre, a monster, created by our own violent impulses? We project so this is God who wants vengeance, like we want vengeance. Truly there are contradictory images of God in the Bible. On which one will we model our lives?”
Source: Prejean’sSpeech at the 2008 Democratic Interfaith Gathering. Emphasis added.
You [Sister Helen Prejean] are a clear and present danger, not only to the survival of America, but to the Democrat Party. … In my opinion, she is more closely associated with being a witch than a nun.
We issue a public call for Idaho’s Catholic Bishop, Mike Driscoll, to intervene quickly and forcefully in the brewing scandal involving Sister Helen Prejean. As we reported earlier, she is scheduled to be the keynote speaker at an event to raise money for the Idaho ACLU.
Catholic League president William Donahue writes: It is no secret that the “peace and justice” crowd is soft on abortion. Sr. Helen Prejean and others like her can get quite worked up about the rights of serial murderers on death row, but they never seem to be quite as excited about the rights of innocent unborn babies. That’s because too many of them see abortion as merely unfortunate: They positively do not believe it is “intrinsically evil.”
I don’t trust candidates who claim to be “pro life” simply because they publicly state their opposition to abortion. What good is that if they do not also work vigorously and consistently to create social conditions in which healthy babies are born, children cared for, and families thrive?
I look for “pro-life” politicians to list “eradication of poverty” as a top priority. Poverty in our nation is on the rise. During the last six years those living at or below the poverty line in the U.S. rose 17 percent. To allow even the existence of poor people in this rich nation, much less poverty on the increase, is totally unworthy of us as Americans and certainly not pro-life.
” . . . the bishop had based his decision on his reading of an article about Prejean that was published in Our Sunday Visitor last April . Datillo had two concerns, Lyons said: that Prejean might be soft on abortion and might depart from official church teaching in a book she is writing about women in the church. Lyons told Mayhew that the bishop would therefore be “uncomfortable” appearing with the famous nun.
“The article about Prejean in Our Sunday Visitor was written by Robert Holton, a senior correspondent, based on an interview with her. Holton led off with Prejean’s views on abortion.
“Sister Prejean indicated that while she is adamant about not taking human life when it comes to executing prisoners, she has an at best strained appreciation for the church’s teachings on the sanctity of unborn life, on birth control, and thinks the church is `appallingly’ unfair to women,” Holton wrote. The subhead on the article read, “Why the nun behind Dead Man Walking has a hard time seeing abortion clinics as another kind of death row.”
Prejean told Holton that she regards abortion as “much more complex than a mere choice.”
As a Catholic, Prejean should understand the fundamental teaching of the Church on abortion and capital punishment because there is a nuanced difference.
On abortion, the Catechism of the Catholic Churchstates,”Direct abortion, that is to say, abortion willed either as an end or a means, is gravely contrary to the moral law”
On the death penalty, the Catechism of the Catholic Church states, “Today, in fact, as a consequence of the possibilities which the state has for effectively preventing crime, by rendering one who has committed an offense incapable of doing harmwithout definitely taking away from him the possibility of redeeming himselfthe cases in which the execution of the offender is an absolute necessity are very rare, if not practically non-existent.”
In other words, abortion is a crime against God while the death penalty is the exercise of a type of civil punishment in response to a heinous crime that is to be used rarely, if at all.
Combox: “I concluded that she would never touch abortion because she would loose support for her cause from those who support abortion, but oppose the death penalty, and she was not willing to take that risk. Can you imagine how differently she would be treated by the lamestream media if she publicly opposed abortion as well as the death penalty?”
‘CALL TO ACTION’ organization and Sr. Prejean – Prejean is a frequent speaker at this apostate organization. Her 2000 speech at CTA’s national conference is available on CTA’s site.
Call To Action is a well-known dissenting group of “Catholics” who actively undermine the faith. I have a copy of “Call To Action or Call To Apostasy? How dissenters plan to remake the Catholic Church in their own image” by Dr. Brian Clowes. The book is available at Human Life Intl. It is well researched with citations.
Sr. Prejean doubts the crucifixion of Christ: her appearance at an interfaith gathering for the Democratic National Committee
COLORADO CONVENTION CENTER — Following the hot topic of abortion, Sister Helen Prejean tackled another: calling for abolition of the death penalty to raucous applause at the DNC’s interfaith gathering.
She received nothing but a stony silence, however, when she questioned the basis of the biblical crucifixion story as a “projection of our violent society.”
“Is this a God?” Prejean asked about the belief that God allowed his son, Jesus, to be sacrificed for the sins of humanity. “Or is this an ogre?”
The audience — to that point in strong agreement with the author of “Dead Man Walking” — said and did nothing.
“Sr. Helen is delusional if she thinks her New Age gospel starring a God without wrath who brings men without sin into a kingdom without judgment through the ministrations of a Christ without a cross is going to persuade serious Christians to trust her when she talks about the death penalty.”
“Heinous Crimes Deserve Death Penalty” – Sister Helen Prejean
We’re not taking her words and twisting them. She really did say this . . .
We found a VIDEO of a 2011 interview of death penalty abolitionist and activist Sister Helen Prejean.
HOST: “In your view could there ever be any crimes that are so heinous enough to deserve death?”
PREJEAN: “Maybe there are crimes that are deserving of death. But the big moral question we have is who deserves to kill the person who did the crime?”
SAY WHAT? Read our partial transcript below the video . . .which we watched only the first seven minutes of.
SISTER HELEN on the Dignity of the Human Person.
(Editor’s note: this Catholic teaching did not exist before Vatican II.*)
SUMMARY: During the interview, she name-drops Pope JPII – her dialogue with him about the dignity of the human person. She says a death row inmate in chains is not dignity. And neither is the death penalty.
PREJEAN: “The heart of the moral question, and this is in the dialogue I had with Pope John Paul about my Catholic faith and its stance on the death penalty – is that when I’m walking with an individual – granted who’s guilty of a horrible crime that I am abhorred by and he’s chained hand and foot — and he says to me, “Sister pray that I hold up my legs as I make the walk.” I said to the Holy Father, does the Church only uphold the dignity of innocent life? He’s not innocent! But then he’s rendered defenseless, and he’s strapped down, and he’s killed after he’s waited 30 days, counting off the days, or maybe a last minute stay.
“This is not dignity of human life. That’s why essentially the Death Penalty is wrong. It’s against human rights and it’s against the dignity of the person.”
end transcript provided by FIDELITY and ACTION
*THE PROBLEMS WITH DIGNITATIS HUMANAE
Vatican II’s doctrineon the dignity of the human person has been deemed problematic by many traditional Catholics. Among those who have written about those problems are Archbishop Lefebvre and Michael Davies.
What is dignity? According to Catholic tradition, man derives dignity from his perfection, i.e, from his knowledge of the truth and his acquisition of the good. Man is worthy of respect in accordance with his intention to obey God, not in accordance with his errors, which will inevitably lead to sin. When Eve the first sinner succumbed, she said, “The serpent deceived me.” Her sin and that of Adam led to the downfall of human dignity, from which we have suffered ever since. Source: ‘Open Letter To Confused Catholics.’
The title of the Declaration itself, “The Dignity of the Human Person,” epitomizes the man-centered ethos of the Declaration. It is no longer the rights of Christ the King which must take priority but the so called rights of contemporary man, rights which he ascribes to himself in virtue of what is said to be his developing consciousness of his own dignity. In an address to the last Council meeting, on the very day of the promulgation of the Declaration, Pope Paul VI remarked:
One must realize that this Council, which exposed itself to human judgement, insisted very much more upon this pleasant side of man, rather than his unpleasant one. Its attitude was very much and deliberately optimistic. A wave of affection and admiration flowed from the Council over the modern world of humanity. Errors were condemned, indeed, because charity demanded this no less than did truth, but for the persons themselves there was only warning, respect, and love. Instead of depressing diagnoses, encouraging remedies; instead of direful prognostics, messages of trust issued from the Council to the present-day world. The modern world’s values were not only respected but honoured, its efforts approved, its aspirations purified and blessed.
Catholic opponents of the death penalty sometimes seem to lose sight of the primary purpose of punishment. The Catechism of the Catholic Church (final text) says, “Punishment has the primary aim of redressing the disorder introduced by the offense.”