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Justice Delayed? Death Penalty for California Salon Massacre May Mean Waiting for a Generation
Originally Posted: 11/09/2011 - 3:20pm | Type: Blog

While there is no doubt that the Seal Beach, Calif., killings were horrific and that many people will be deeply pained for perhaps the rest of their lives, the survivors should be aware that if their healing ...

News: Quick Links 2
Originally Posted: 10/25/2011 - 9:18am | Type: Blog

The High Cost of Anti-Immigrant Laws The High Cost of Anti-Immigrant Laws This past summer, the Econo Lodge off Interstate 75 in Tifton, Georgia, where we and other waterm ...

We Must Continue to Stand with Pastor Nadarkhani
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 5:30pm | Type: Blog

The news cycle often moves so quickly that very often big news stories are forgotten within a day, sometimes even more quickly. The news cycle often moves so quickly tha ...

Crime, Forgiveness and Retributive Justice: A God's Politics Interview with Naseem Rakha
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 5:30pm | Type: Blog

An eye for an eye, a life for a life. This is one way -- based, some argue, in scripture and biblical ethics -- that proponents of capital punishment justify the death penalty. ...

Deadlines and the Death Penalty: The Case of Corey R. Maples
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 5:30pm | Type: Blog

The ink was barely dry on the death certificate for Troy Davis, executed by the state of Georgia on Sept. 21, when the U.S. The ink was barely dry on the death certificate ...

The Hard Cases
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

The same evening as Troy Davis was killed by the state of Georgia, Lawrence Brewer was killed by the state of Texas. The same evening as Troy Davis was killed by the state o ...

Voices from the Web (and World): Responses to the Troy Davis Execution
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

"Continuing a cycle of violence through state-sanctioned actions does not bring justice but only creates a culture of death and retribution. " Continuing a cycle of vi ...

Troy Davis: Will Georgia Execute an Innocent Man Next Week?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

"Perhaps the bleakest fact of all is that the death penalty is imposed not only in a freakish and discriminatory manner, but also in some cases upon defendants who are actually innocent." ...

Jesus: We Interrupt This Execution to Bring You a Message of Grace
Originally Posted: 11/08/2011 - 10:02pm | Type: Blog

Last night, death was interrupted when the U.S. Supreme Court issued a stay of execution for a Texas man convicted of a double murder in Houston in 1995. Last night, dea ...

Muslim Victim Rais Bhuiyan Campaigns to Save His Attacker
Originally Posted: 07/25/2011 - 9:03am | Type: Blog

Ten days after 9/11, Rais Bhuiyan, an immigrant from Bangladesh, was working at a gas station in Dallas, Texas when a man walked in with a gun. Thinking the store was being robbed, Bhuiyan opened the cash regi ...

8 Inspiring Movies About Social Change
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/06/29/8-inspiring-movies-about-social-change/" target="_self"></a>Ah the joy of watching movies in the summer! Of course, there are a ...

We Sentence Innocent People to their Deaths
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.witnesstoinnocence.org/"></a>It is <a href="http://www.amnestyusa.org/death-penalty/participate-in-death-penalty-awareness-week/page.do?id=1641094&quo ...

Cities Light Up for Life
Originally Posted: 04/27/2011 - 4:23pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger In November, 1,150 cities around the world—including 60 capitals—lit up public buildings to support an end to the death ...

Where are the Other Christian Voices Against Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Bill?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

As a career missionary to Africa, I fear what would happen to me on judgment day if I didn't speak out against what is happening in Uganda right now in the name of Christ. As ...

Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Bill: A Betrayal of Christ's Teachings
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

There are times in the "culture wars" when a very diverse group of religious leaders can come together across the political spectrum in a common cause. There are times i ...

The Archbishop and the President's Common Problem
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

<blockquote><p>The best lack all conviction, while the worst<br /> Are full of passionate intensity.<br /> --William Butler Yeats, from "The Second Coming"</p> ...

Huckabee Got it Right
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Mike Huckabee is done as a presidential contender. That's the word on the street. Mike Huckabee is done as a presidential contender. That's the word on the street. Wh ...

Will Violence Have the Last Word at Fort Hood?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Like so many across our country, I have been reeling about the news coming out of Ft. Hood, TX. Like so many across our country, I have been reeling about the news coming out of F ...

The Media's Favorite Catholic Culture Warrior
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Just in time for Halloween, Bill Donohue of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights is once again spooked about all those "radical secularists" lurking ominously behind ever corner. ...

Conservative Catholicism's Political Enforcers
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

As a struggling Catholic, the uproar and division caused by conservative U.S. As a struggling Catholic, the uproar and division caused by conservative U.S. Catholic groups (with t ...

A Choice for Catholic Bishops: Confrontation or Engagement?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Catholic progressives are not the only faithful people worried about the dangers posed by some U.S. Catholic progressives are not the only faithful people worried about the danger ...

Death Penalty Injustices
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:26pm | Type: Magazine Article

Vicki Harley Holland I applaud the commentary “When Governments Kill” (by Richard Viguerie, July 2009), as an American who used to support ...

The Death Penalty Denies the Gospel
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

He was taken before the authorities and subjected to abuse and beatings. No one arose to defend his case with the integrity it deserved. He was taken before the authorities and s ...

Executions Worldwide Nearly Doubled in 2008
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

The number of executions worldwide nearly doubled last year compared with 2007, according to a <a title="http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/asset/ACT50/003/2009/en/0b789cb1-baa8-4c1b-bc35-58b6063098 ...

The Pope and the President: Unlikely Allies Seeking Common Ground for the Common Good
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

When Pope Benedict XVI meets with President Obama in Rome today, a shy German theologian and a charismatic leader known for his international rock star appeal will find plenty to agree on despite s ...

When Governments Kill
Originally Posted: 11/27/2012 - 5:45pm | Type: Magazine Article

Richard Viguerie A conservative argues for abolishing the death penalty. On most public policy matters, Jim ...

Global Death Penalty
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:27pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Jeannie Choi Stats The number of executio ...

A Good Friday Appeal to Abolish the Death Penalty
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Ten years ago on Good Friday, the <a href="http://www.usccb.org/sdwp/national/criminal/appeal.shtml">United States Conference of Catholic Bishops</a> issued a statement and call to action ...

Be Not Afraid: Faith and Reason in the Notre Dame 'Scandal'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Notre Dame President Rev. Notre Dame President Rev. John Jenkins is facing furious backlash after inviting President Barack Obama to give the university's commencemen ...

Hope on Death Row?
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:30pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Jeannie Choi In October, the families of crime victims and the famili ...

A Texas Procession for Life
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

In his 1995 encyclical <em>The Gospel of Life</em>, Pope John Paul II wrote, "Where life is involved, the service of charity must be profoundly consistent. In his ...

Harrowing Journeys
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:31pm | Type: Magazine Article

Anna Almendrala Film review: Take, directed by Charles Oliver. Imagine facing the man who killed someone you l ...

Crime and Sacrifice
Originally Posted: 03/03/2011 - 4:37pm | Type: Magazine Article

Tobias Winright What does the cross tell us about the ethics of capital punishment? At Easter, Christians cele ...

Resisting the Death Spiral
Originally Posted: 03/03/2011 - 4:37pm | Type: Magazine Article

Howard Zehr Capital punishment is about vengeance, not justice. Resisting the Death Spiral: Capital punishment i ...

News Bites
Originally Posted: 03/03/2011 - 4:37pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Stately Action. After much work by its Catholic majority, the Philippines officially banned the death penalty in June, ...

Not Drunk, Just Not Sober
Originally Posted: 03/03/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Magazine Article

Robert Roth At its best the church is an "innocence project" for ourselves and others. Sometimes we ...

Dead Man Talking
Originally Posted: 03/03/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger A dozen years after Ruben Cantu was executed by the state of Texas for capital murder, the only witness to Cantu’s all ...

Pro-Life, Not Execution
Originally Posted: 07/09/2014 - 3:50pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Gov. George Ryan cleared Illinois' death row in January when he commuted 171 condemned inmates' sentences... ...

Death Rattle & Roll
Originally Posted: 04/05/2011 - 8:37pm | Type: Magazine Article

Beth Newberry The Executioner's Last Songs sounds a murderous note against the death penalty Washington ...

Meditation on McVeigh
Originally Posted: 07/02/2014 - 10:16am | Type: Magazine Article

Meg Kiekhaefer We were in France when the news came of the terrorist acts of Sept. 11. We were in France when ...

Potent Quotable
Originally Posted: 07/02/2014 - 9:29am | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Susannah Hunter "Thank you for your letter expressing concern a ...

A Devout Meditation in Memory of Timothy McVeigh
Originally Posted: 04/05/2011 - 8:52pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger We killed McVeigh to make it clear that he was not like us. One of the most disturbing facts ...

Capital Ambiguities
Originally Posted: 04/05/2011 - 8:53pm | Type: Magazine Article

Chris Byrd It's easy to defend the death penalty in the abstract, but much more difficult when you have to participate in death. ...

Rebel Galileans
Originally Posted: 04/05/2011 - 8:53pm | Type: Magazine Article

David Whettstone Jesus on the cross is best viewed as what that event concretely was, an imperial execution," says Mark Lewis Taylor ...

Peace Prize or Gas Chamber
Originally Posted: 04/05/2011 - 8:54pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Susannah Hunter Convicted murderer and gang leader Stanley "Took ...

No Longer a Bleeding-Heart Issue
Originally Posted: 04/05/2011 - 8:54pm | Type: Magazine Article

Susannah Hunter The moratorium movement is changing the politics of death. Who are all these people passing mo ...

Back to Jesus' Way
Originally Posted: 04/06/2011 - 7:25am | Type: Magazine Article

Glen H. Stassen How the church became entangled in death—and the way out. When you look at the history of the ...

Defend Life by Taking Life?
Originally Posted: 04/05/2011 - 10:27pm | Type: Magazine Article

Cardinal Roger Mahony It's time for a new ethic---justice without vengeance. It’s time for a new ethic—ju ...

Dead Certain
Originally Posted: 06/23/2014 - 4:06pm | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum For the past 25 years, executions have taken place somewhere in America almost every week. They happened in the dead ...

Pat Robertson Calls for Death Penalty Moratorium
Originally Posted: 06/23/2014 - 4:32pm | Type: Magazine Article

Ryan Beiler Finding himself in agreement with the American Civil Liberties Union and at odds with Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson said " ...