I also say here unequivocally that those who have been victims of violent crime or have family members who have been victims are entitled by virtue of their experience to think anything they want about the death penalty without criticism or comment from me. For the rest of us, there is simply no excuse when our first response is to want to kill someone for killing someone else.
I have heard the argument made that condemning a criminal to die might have the benefit of a death row-induced admission of guilt, renunciation of sin and act of contrition. Maybe so, but the jails are full of men and women who found God while in prison. Anyway, I don't approve of the death penalty and I can say that and still be a faithful Catholic, no matter what some bloggers say to the contrary.
Meanwhile, the prosecution in the Kermit Gosnell trial has wrapped up its case. Sometimes, it's hard for me to distinguish the prosecution from the defense. After all, the Assistant District Attorney has repeatedly referred to a cardiac glycoside as "an abortion drug". Digoxin, a derivative of foxglove, was never developed as an abortion drug. It's a cardiac medication that is used to treat atrial fibrillation and congestive heart failure. Some barbarian realized it would make a potent toxin for use in inducing infanticide and now it is referred to as an "abortion drug". That anyone could make that statement with a straight face is chilling. How far have we sunk as a people when we think it's OK to poison, burn or dismember a baby that is still in it's mother's womb, but we feign shock and outrage over what Gosnell did? The only difference when you look at is that one form of murder is slightly more grisly than another.
The defense attorney, who will get his opportunity this week to try to defend the indefensible, insists that what Gosnell did was not murder because the infants whose spines he severed "were already in the death throes" of Digoxin when they managed to enter the world still exhibiting signs of life. My prayer is that abortion proponents will stop and think about this - that we as a nation have legalized treating the most vulnerable among us as we would rodents or other pestilence in need of extermination.
I know people who won't eat meat, wear fur or allow a mousetrap in their homes but who willingly participate in abortion procedures at the hospital where they work.
Show us Lord, the error of our ways while we can still beg for Your mercy, lest we perish in the last trial and find ourselves in the eternal inferno.