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Around the blogs today

By Domenico Bettinelli, Jr. (articles ) | Aug 26, 2003

Here's what's new and interesting on Catholic blogs today:

  • Mark Shea says he's with the Pope in generally opposing the death penalty, but acknowledges, as the Pope does, that when the system can't keep killers from killing again then perhaps execution is necessary. Has the John Geoghan murder shown that the system can't keep killers from murdering again?
  • William Luse ponders baby killing whether its the young Jewish children killed by a Palestinian suicide-bomber who orphaned his own children or the women in a Glamour magazine article talking about killing their own children through abortion and expressing the hope that they will see them in heaven.
  • Bill White comments on the new directive in Cleveland that the handshake at the sign of peace is to be replaced with hugs and wonders whether the bishop is really telling him to hug the teenybopper in the next pew.
  • Earl compares the Florida Supreme Court that has decided that semi-comatose Terri Schiavo must die at her husband's desire with Pontius Pilate who washed his hands and succumbed to vigilante justice.
  • John Mallon responds to Nicholas Kristof's article in the New York Times that de-constructed and minimized the dogma of the Assumption of Mary.

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  • Posted by: - Aug. 28, 2003 12:30 AM ET USA

    BRAVO, again, WF.

  • Posted by: - Aug. 26, 2003 9:18 PM ET USA

    The Pope's philosophical shell game with the Church's tradition on the death penalty (yes, it's OK, but you can never do it--now you see it, now you don't) was one of those "John Paul, the Not-So-Great" moments in a pontificate otherwise given to wise (if impotent) reinforcement of authentic Church teaching. The truth is, modern society does not have certain, non-lethal means of making killers unable to kill again, and the Geoghan case is but a late, high-profile example.

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