No Drugs for Death

Catholic activists play a part in ruining the American death row parade.

The Rome-based Community of Sant’Egidio had been engaged in discussions with Hospira’s Italian subsidiary, Hospira SL, which led to meetings with the Foreign Affairs minister, Franco Frattini, and the Ministry of Health. The result of those meetings was an agreement that the production of the drug in Italy would have to be for strictly therapeutic purposes. The company has long deplored its use in executions, and said it regretted the need to cease production.

Death penalty fanatics will, of course, find other ways to kill people. China, North Korea, Iran, United States: strange bedfellows, at least for the moment.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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8 Responses to No Drugs for Death

  1. bill bannon says:

    Japan has the death penalty and is the 4th safest country according to the wiki list of murder rates. 9 Catholic countries without the death penalty are in the top 20 worst murder rate countries on that list. It should exist for murder; read Genesis 9:6. Pope Innocent IV unforetunately made the death penalty mandatory for heresy in 1252 and it technically remained in the decretals til 1917. But for murder as Pope Pius XII noted, it should exist and he had modern penology and life sentences. Actually the Roman Empire had life sentences in the damnata ad mettalum…work in the mines for life. John Paul seems to have done no research in this area prior to writing and references none.

  2. Mike says:

    If you support the death penalty, you are guilty of the murder of the innocents who have been put to death. Tying people down and deliberately killing them is evil, full stop.

  3. bill bannon says:

    Actually even the system that God gave the Jews only in regard to stoning for not crimes but personal mortal sins (rescinded when Christ brought sanctifying grace and reduced the power of the devil)…..that system itself was not foolproof. God simply required 2 witnesses. Obviously two lying witnesses could result in an innocent person being killed.
    Deu 17:6 On the evidence of two witnesses or of three witnesses he that is to die shall be put to death; a person shall not be put to death on the evidence of one witness.

    By your logic Mike, God is guilty of the deaths of innocents. There may be something missing in your logic…BUT…..your concern could be addressed per country by making the evidence requirements quite high now that we have video and DNA etc which ancient nomadic culture did not have. The Church in the papal states executed over 500 criminals between 1800 and 1869 when she could have simply kept them in life sentences. Google: Wiki papal executioner Bugatti….to read the stats.

  4. Liam says:

    (E pur si muove.)

  5. bill bannon says:

    It’s all too laconic and cryptic for me men….adieu……no tears no scenes, I want to remember you just as you are.

  6. Mike says:

    Bill, you really don’t understand, do you? Killing people when they are helpless is murder; it always has been and always will be, the rationalizing of the bloodthirsty notwithstanding. Love the Lord your God and love your neighbor as yourself: everything else is a lie, including the Church’s murderous actions throughout history. That you don’t understand that says nothing about God; it does say everything about you, and none of it’s good.

  7. bill bannon says:

    What you are revealing is either that you read no scripture at all or your acceptation of Scripture has a system that allows you to delete what you don’t like.
    Dei Verbum in Vatican II did not argue for a generalist inspiration nor a general guidance. It held that “both Testaments in all their parts have God as their author.”
    As Cardinal Dulles pointed out, God commands death penalties in the Bible over 30 individual times to be done by mankind. God himself separate from that track executes people all through the Bible intimately when sacrilege is involved
    …e.g. Ananias and Sapphira in Acts 5 with Peter’s verbal participation and
    separately the killing of Herod in Acts 12 by the angel who leaves his body to be eaten by worms.
    Whatever the source of your ideology, it is not the complete Scripture and in my opinion is a false side trail into the woods.

  8. Jimmy Mac says:

    Bill: your arguments smack way too much of the “Kill a commie for Christ” kind of Catholicism to which I was subjected in the 1950s.

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