It’s tempting to chalk up Pope Francis’s recent announcement—that the catechism has been revised to decree the death penalty as always “inadmissible”—to his perceived leftism. But that would be a mistake not only from a theological perspective, but also from a conservative one.
The two main conservative arguments for the death penalty are surprisingly weak. The first is that it acts a deterrent. The factual basis for this is, at best, debatable: the number of penal executions spiked in the 1990s and the U.S. murder rate crashed. However, as the use of capital punishment has declined since 2000, the homicide rate has also continued to go down. (See data here and here.) Moreover, the disparity in executions relative to murders undermines the credibility of the argument: executions peaked at 98 in 1999; that same year there were 15,522 murders.
In a tough public statement to his flock on the current scandal, Bishop Robert Morlino of Madison, Wisconsin, goes there:
I love the Evangelical newsmagazine World, because when it goes after a target, it punches hard. Today World exposes shocking co
John Bolton met with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu this week and said several ridiculous, dishonest things about the nuclear deal and Ir
The world’s youngest country, South Sudan, has endured terrible growing pains since gaining its independence in 2011. Racked by war and fam
Pope Francis today released a 2,000-word letter about the abuse scandal, directed . to all Catholics. Read the full text here.
Three days ago, Catholic News Agency reported on new allegations against former cardinal Theodore McCarrick, and on the existenc
Ahmad Algohbary and Faisal Edroos report from Dahyan in the wake of the Saudi coalition massacre of dozens of children on August 9:
After President Donald Trump revoked his security clearance, John Brennan arose as a Hero of Free Speech. On Twitter, he announced in terms
Catholic readers, I prayed for y’all at the Divine Liturgy today. When one part of the Body of Christ
Buzzfeed reports on the possible implications of the creation of the Trump administration’s “Iran Action Group”:
After Pompeo’s announcemen
The Pope’s letter to Catholics about the sex abuse scandal, the damage ISIS genocide has wrought on the Assyrian Christians, and more.
Comparing temporary student housing to prison is a slap in the face to anyone who is actually incarcerated.
"That’s the definition of racism and sexism right there."
What Is John Brennan Hiding? - Sheriff David Clarke (Ret.): President Trump was correct in pulling back the security clearance .08/20/2018
Florida Governor Rick Scott (Republican) is reaching out to Hispanics, hoping he can win reelection despite the anti-illegal immigration tal
Former CIA Director John Brennan is fuming because President Trump revoked his security clearance. On Sunday, Rudy Giuliani went off on John
The New York Times is fond of running “big idea” opinion essays claiming that humans are just another animal in the forest.
The anti-immigrant, anti-EU party may become the largest party in parliament after the election.
Governor Matt Bevin had filed a countersuit against the activists after they successfully sued to block implementation of Kentucky’s new wor
Issues were handled drastically different in Pittsburgh vs. Washington, D.C.
Wolf’s audience had to be really, really small, even if it was vocal on social media.
With testimony from the president’s top lawyer, the special counsel is in no position to claim he needs to speak with Trump.
🚢 🚢 🚢 Goldberg attacked Horowitz nastily on Twitter; if you care about that, see the link. In this new column, Horowitz
Middle-class churchgoers are obsessed with pews and heritage at the expense of religious belief, a Church of England judge has said.
Melania Trump on Monday warned about the “destructive and harmful” impact of using social media incorrectly - while her husband
Unqualified retirees and trainees are filling a gap left by teachers exiting the profession due to rising class sizes and difficulties with
Only liberals are getting caught up in #MeToo.
Via Fox News:
Actress Asia Argento, one of the first prominent women to accuse
At the Edinburgh International Book Festival Sunday, Clinton said that while she has no plans to run for office today, that could change dow
Melania Again Mocked for Speaking Out Against Cyberbullying...Did Trump Warn Her Not to Speak on it? - Cortney O'Brien: First Lady Melania T
More police in particular areas didn’t solve it. If you don’t address the gang problem, you will never solve it.
Via Fox News:
Just a tad delusional.
The ad hits Heitkamp for voting against requiring that state and local law enforcement cooperate with federal agents to enforce federal imm
On Monday, Neil deGrasse Tyson, professional scientist and amateur philosopher, signified that he wanted a new force: Truth Force! He tweete
More than 175 former US security officials have joined criticism of Donald Trump for revoking the security clearance of former CIA director