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.
A letter from a Pennsylvania reader, with a few small changes to protect his identity:
I was a seminarian for the Diocese of Pit
America’s Gulf “allies” are making the world a more dangerous place. Kate Kizer ties together the reckless and destructive behavior of U.S.
The Case Against Impeaching Trump, Alan Dershowitz, Hot Books, 590 pages
Law professor Alan Dershowitz’s new book, The Case Against Impeach
Some nice things about Your Scandalized Working Boy in The Economist today:
Rod Dreher is one of America’s most influential reli
The Catholic writer and activist Austin Ruse and I go way back, though our paths separated at some point after 2002, when I star
Earlier today, Mike Pompeo announced the creation of the Iran Action Group in the State Department dedicated to advancing the administratio
“The evidence against Trump and Russia is huge and mounting every day,” declared liberal celebrity activist Rosie O’Donnell at a protest in
On December 5, 2016, a college student running late for an exam rear-ended me as I was stopped in a turn lane waiting for the li
In July of 2001, the British government loaned President George W. Bush a bust of Winston Churchill, which was prominently displayed in the
Washington has been supremely embarrassed—by a nominal ally, as usual. After the Trump administration insisted that its involvement in Yeme
Dividing U.S. politics and culture into old and new, 1968 remains a landmark year in the public mind. Amid failure in Vietnam, the much-det
In 1998, I took my first self-driven road trip into the vastness of rural America. No GPS. No destination. No reservations. Just myself, my
John Nienstedt, retired Catholic archbishop of Minneapolis-St Paul (MpCatholic screengrab)
An important update on the story I p
They’re at it again: Colorado leftists, abetted by the state’s civil rights commission, are harassing Masterpiece Cake Shop bake
The New York Times reports additional details about the aftermath of the school bus massacre in northern Yemen:
Ali Abdullah Hamlah, a loca
When I interviewed former Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating recently about his past work on the lay sex abuse panel the Catholic bisho
The Pennsylvania grand jury report is out: read it here. It examines 70 years of child sex abuse by Catholic priests in six of
Resting on their “tax reform” laurels, the lethargic Republican majority in Congress seems content to take a summer snooze rather than work
It has been a trying couple of weeks for Saudi Arabia. First, a tweet from an account associated with the Saudi government appeared to thre
My grandfather taught me to walk. Not literally, though I am sure he and my grandmother were present for many of my first toddling moments.
This fall, more than 20 million college students will begin a new academic year. To help cover rising tuition rates that continue to outpac
When the seven-part Netflix documentary The Keepers came out last year, a number of readers e-mailed to tell me I should watch i
Steven Simon and Jonathan Stevenson chide Trump for his dangerous Iran obsession:
The United States’ treatment of Iran as a serious strateg
Forget the Baby Boomers, Generation X, and the Millennials. The latest generation to come under the media microscope is “Generation Z.” Typ
This item from the UK is a shocking example of leftist identity politics in power:
Male, pale and stale university professors ar
My column on the unfolding disaster.
Two Chinese academics have proposed a controversial idea to encourage childbirth as their country faces an ageing population:
On Thursday evening, three players from the Philadelphia Eagles stayed behind during the national anthem before their game against the New E
Once again, the Left has taken a swing at one of the most qualified SCOTUS nominees in history. Once again, it has missed.
Some Republicans think that President Trump would be better off if the party loses control of the House this fall. It’s not a crazy idea.
Formal protections for free speech are important and necessary, but they do not amount to very much without a free-speech culture to back th
This is a "tragedy" in the original Greek dramatic understanding: people undone by their fatal flaw, based on pride.
Hey, media! Slightly more than Omarosa’s lies.
Via Fox News:
The Pentagon warned in a startling new report that China is li
Before you begin cheering too loudly, I’ll warn you in advance that this is a problematic story. It deals with two residents of New York
The federal judge overseeing the Paul Manafort criminal trial said he is “optimistic” a verdict would come Friday as jurors start their seco
“If we dismiss them in a sort of capsule, an aberration of history, saying ‘well, they weren’t really human, so they don’t count,’ then we’r
The essence of James Bond is not identity politics, but shooting a villain with a spear gun, making a joke, and getting the girl.
Pen and Phone Obama ‘governed’ largely unconstitutionally, by rule that violated the Constitution. Trump tries to correct it and he gets
Elon Musk is a genius but is he pushing himself too hard?
A few of us were discussing the topic of the "Growth and Opportunity Project," universally known as the post-2012 election "GOP Autopsy Repo
The jury in the bank and tax fraud trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort will deliberate for a second day on Friday after as
Fear and Loathing of Jordan Peterson - Suzanne Fields: Ah, men! This is the ultimate exclamation of women, frustrated, .08/17/2018 0:56:30AM
The potential impact of this bill should not be downplayed.
John covered an interesting story out of Sweden the other night which really struck me as a bit odd. It’s a tale of arson and vandalism,
Researchers may have discovered a jar of the world's oldest cheese in the tomb of an ancient Egyptian mayor, but - frustratingly for turophi
China's military has expanded its bomber operations in recent years while "likely training for strikes" against the United States
The Washington Post reports that Democrats are taking a “wait-and-see approach” to allegations of abuse surrounding Rep. Keith Ellison. B
August 17, 2018
(Reuters) – Electric carmaker Tesla Inc’s premium Model 3 sedan will not produce better profit marg
The North Korean authorities have reportedly stepped up a crackdown on “non-socialist” behaviour, including unapproved hairstyle
Tonga's prime minister on Friday backed down on calls for Pacific island nations to collectively lobby China to forgive their mounting debts