Pro-life Catholics need to oppose the death penalty

Father Dwight Longenecker could not be considered “liberal” by any criteria, so his well-reasoned observations should be welcome in all circles. But, of course, there are still many who cynically trumpet their anti-abortion credentials as a lame excuse to ignore or scorn the full anti-death message of St. John Paul II’s Evangeilium Vitae, and the teachings of Pope Francis, in nearly every other way.

“While it’s not right to equate abortion and capital punishment, pro-life Catholics should also oppose the death penalty and campaign for mercy.”

Continue: Pro-life Catholics need to oppose the death penalty – CRUX

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Author: tomwelbers

I have been a Catholic priest for nearly fifty years, most of that time serving in parish and college campus ministry. I also have professional degrees in theology and liturgy, as well as institutional management, and continue avidly to explore pastoral theology, Scripture, liturgy, ecumenical and interfaith relations, and spiritual direction. I have a passion for sharing insight into our Christian heritage through teaching, writing, and leading pilgrimages, especially to Early Christian World sites in Turkey. Now actively retired from parish ministry, I live at Nazareth House in Los Angeles.

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