Monday, March 9, 2009

Abortion and the Death Penalty. Two different things entirely.

Steve Corbett, the liberal, baby-killing Buddhist over at WILK "News Talk Radio" has been utilizing for some time the Catholic Church and Bishop Martino for a ratings boost.

Well, the other day he decided on an exercise meant to offer inward reflection to errant Catholics that would see pro-death Senator Little Bobby Casey denied the Blessed Sacrament or worse, excommunicated.

He "held up the mirror" to our own faces, he said. He asked if we Catholics that are against murdering babies are also FOR the death penalty when our Church clearly is not. He went on to introduce the writings of JP II and the cathechism. He went out of his way to misrepresent what the church teaches without throwing any pesky facts out there for our consideration.

Corbett also was questioned twice, and became very nasty when questioned the second time, by the way, on why he supports abortion. He clearly does not believe that life start at conception. Now I know that Corbett is proud to speak of his coal cracker background, but do we really need to point out the basics of human biology to him?

Sometimes I see him at Wegman's with his mother, so I'll have to ask him.

In any case, over at the Catholic Caveman, he has posted a timely article about the USCCB and the death penalty. With his original comments. Hopefully Mr Corbett will read it and stop talking about Catholicism whenever it is a slow news day.

Hey Corbett, why not talk about the 12,849 terror attacks that have been carried out by Muslims since 9/11? Or how about the 155 dead in terror attacks for the week of February 27?

He probably won't.

He knows Catholics don't carve the heads off people who piss them off.

Abortion, death penalty wins slow in coming on state-by-state basis

By Mark Pattison
Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- If Roe v. Wade -- the 1973 Supreme Court decision that made abortion legal nationwide at virtually any point in a woman's pregnancy -- were overturned, the matter would most likely be sent back to the 50 states and require campaigns to restrict or outlaw abortion to be waged on a state-by-state basis.

There's another life issue that's been the subject of state-by-state campaigns for 30-plus years: abolition of the death penalty.
(Time for a common sense check. Abortion is an intrinsic evil. "Intrinsic" means that it is pure evil and nothing good can ever become of it. In fact, the Catechism of the Catholic Church clearly states that anyone who participates in the procurement of such is automatically excommunicated, period. The Death Penalty, on the other hand, is NOT an intrinsic evil. That handful of Germans and Japanese who were executed at the end of WWII most certainly, in the words of St Dismas The Good Thief, "got what they deserved")

After the Supreme Court in 1976 allowed states to reinstate the death penalty, 37 states had laws on the books permitting the use of capital punishment, and nearly all of those states have executed a prisoner. Through March 5, 1,163 prisoners have been put to death, and another 3,308 are on death row. (As older versions of the CCC state, the DP is authorized when used "rarely and only in cases of extreme gravity". The most recent edition teaches us "Legitimate public authority has the right and duty to inflict punishment proportionate to the gravity of the offense ...the traditional teaching of the Church does not exclude recourse to the death penalty". Considering the literally hundreds of thousands of murderers, rapists, kidnappers, sexual torturers, etc, that have done the Revolving Door Boogie in the American Prison System... yeah, I consider 1,163 scumbags executed a "rare amount" and only used in "cases of extreme gravity".)

Efforts to repeal the death penalty have been slow-moving. New Jersey abolished capital punishment in 2007, but a bid by Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, a Catholic, to repeal the death penalty in his state failed March 5, with the state Legislature instead passing a bill requiring stronger evidentiary rules before applying the ultimate sentence. (Should I mention here that our stalwart "Catholic" hero is also pro-abortion? Kinda failed to mention that lil' tid-bit, didn't ya USCCB MoP?)

In Texas -- whose 433 executions since 1977 are quadruple the number in the state with the next highest tally -- the Texas Catholic Conference joined the two life issues one day in November.

The day started with a Mass at a chapel in Huntsville, Texas, celebrated by Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, which attracted an overflow crowd. (So, Your Eminence. If I believe that the Death Penalty should be used only rarely and in cases of extreme gravity... oh, let's say for some piece of shit who raped, sodomized and sexually tortured to death an 11-year old girl with a hunting knife and a pair of pliers... am I going to hell?)
In true USCCB fashion, they've attempted to confuse the Faithful into believing that a yield sign is actually a stop sign.

And of the 1,163 executions that have been carried out since 1976 (a third of a century ago), I'd like to remind everyone that roughly that same amount are murdered every day in the womb.

It never ceases to amaze me to what lengths the attention-starved will go to to save the earthy lives of those who hacked and slashed to death people on this side of the birth canal, but just shrug their shoulders to the millions that have been slaughtered on that side of the birth canal. Sorry, the two just aren't the same.

Kinda reminds me of the old saying -- "An anti-Death Penalty advocate is someone who hasn't had a child kidnapped, raped and murdered yet."


Vir Speluncae Catholicus said...

Thanks for the link, frate!

The Rockin' Traddy said...

Of course! Very timely of you to post this just when circumstances dictated!