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Efficient Death Doesn't Make it Right

July 26, 2010 | Lincoln Journal Star Editorial Board We take little comfort in the state’s apparently efficient preparation, in this case, of the state’s remodeled execution chamber. Earlier this month, the state gave news media an introduction to the place where people used to die in the electric chair. Now, it’s equipped to use lethal injection. This newspaper stands against the death penalty. But it is the law in Nebraska. Wrong though we may believe it to be, it is important for the state to be as transparent as possible about it. So we thank state officials for being forthright about a process we oppose. The reporting from that news media introduction was as hard and spare as the death

Death Penalty Review

July 23, 2010 | By: Bishop William J. Dendinger Occasionally it is good to do a review of basic moral issues, lest we become insensitive to the gravity of each issue. Certainly the death penalty is a moral issue we need to review periodically. The position of the Catholic Church is clearly enunciated in several places. First and foremost is the Catechism of the Catholic Church, (Second Edition). It’s a lengthy statement and it is carefully nuanced. “Assuming that the guilty party’s identity and responsibility have been fully determined, the traditional teaching of the Church does not exclude recourse to the death penalty, if this is the only possible way of effectively defending human lives

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