death penalty and double standards

By Phil Lawler ( bio - articles - email ) | Dec 31, 2006

We are still amid sorrow and prayer over the execution of Saddam Hussein. But we cannot fail to denounce the hypocrisy of the many champions against the death penalty that the former Iraqi dictator managed to gather around him before and after his hanging.

That's the start of an excellent editorial commentary by Father Bernardo Cervellera, director of the AsiaNews service. He observes that "tears are falling from one eye" of ideologues who ordinarily have no special interest in objective moral standards.

Well worth reading.

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at CatholicCulture.org. See full bio.

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  • Posted by: lauriem5377 - Jul. 10, 2010 11:01 PM ET USA

    I think if the 1.1 billion Catholics in the world stopped reading the NYT. it would probably go away pretty quickly.

  • Posted by: Dalaigh - Jul. 09, 2010 7:13 PM ET USA

    Is it a sin to let NYT drown in its own bile?

  • Posted by: - Jul. 09, 2010 6:46 PM ET USA

    I misread the title. I though it said, "like manatees without a shepherd." I thought it was about earth worshipers. Well, the Times publishes nothing but nonsense: we are just quibbling about the details of the nonsense.

  • Posted by: sparch - Jul. 09, 2010 2:24 PM ET USA

    Head of bone and brain of knuckles. Assembling facts doesn't mean they are in the right order or even part of the same story. The grey old lady has become senile.