Monday, January 26, 2009

The Moral and Human Reasons

I'll have more of a report from the NCADP conference in a day or two, but for now, here's an article from the Central PA News headlined "Group Hopes to End the Death Penalty," about the news conference launching the Catholic Mobilizing Network to End the Death Penalty, which was held at the conclusion of the NCADP weekend. The article begins:

When Marietta Jaeger Lane's youngest daughter was kidnapped from her tent during a family camping trip in Montana in 1973, Lane thought of the kidnapper and said "I could kill him with my bare hands and with a smile on my face."

But when the kidnapper called her exactly one year after abducting 7-year-old Susie Jaeger, molesting her and strangling her, Lane talked kindly to him for over an hour.

The man cried when Lane said she had been praying for him. That call and another led the FBI to find and arrest him. David Meirhofer confessed to murdering Susie and three other children. He hanged himself in his jail cell soon afterward.

"The foundation of my Catholic faith let me survive," Lane told about 300 people on Sunday at a National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty conference at Holiday Inn Harrisburg East in Swatara Twp. "God's idea of justice is not punishment but restoration. No matter how horrible this man was to my little girl, he was a son of God."

Lane joined John Carr of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and Sister Helen Prejean, the author of the Pulitzer Prize-nominated book "Dead Man Walking," at a news conference launching the Catholic Mobilizing Network to End the Death Penalty.

That group will collaborate with established death penalty abolition organizations and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to inform the country's 67 million Roman Catholics about the moral and human reasons why capital punishment must be abolished, Carr said.
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Read the rest of the article.

1 comment:

James said...

Readers may be interested in our upcoming program on the death penalty in Knoxville, Tennessee:

http://www.law.utk.edu/cle/09DeathPenalty.shtml

It's free to the public, though we're asking everyone to pre-register so we have an accurate count for planning purposes.

James Inman
Editor in Chief, Tennessee Law Review
jinman5@tennessee.edu