Where Justice and Mercy Meet: Catholic Opposition to the Death Penalty

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Vicki Schieber, Trudy D. Conway, David Matzko McCarthy
Liturgical Press, Feb 1, 2013 - Religion - 248 pages
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Where Justice and Mercy Meet: Catholic Opposition to the Death Penalty comprehensively explores the Catholic stance against capital punishment in new and important ways. The broad perspective of this book has been shaped in conversation with the Catholic Mobilizing Network to End the Use of the Death Penalty, as well as through the witness of family members of murder victims and the spiritual advisors of condemned inmates.

The book offers the reader new insight into the debates about capital punishment; provides revealing, and sometimes surprising, information about methods of execution; and explores national and international trends and movements related to the death penalty. It also addresses how the death penalty has been intertwined with racism, the high percentage of the mentally disabled on death row, and how the death penalty disproportionately affects the poor.

The foundation for the church's position on the death penalty is illuminated by discussion of the life and death of Jesus, Scripture, the Mass, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and the teachings of Pope John Paul II. Written for concerned Catholics and other interested readers, the book contains contemporary stories and examples, as well as discussion questions to engage groups in exploring complex issues.

 

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Contents

Foreword
Contributors
Facing the Truth
Trying to Get It Right
The Power of Stories
A Christian Rethinking of the Death Penalty
Jesus Christ and Sacrifice
Hebrew Scripturesan Eye for an Eye
Church Teachings on Capital Punishment
The Church Today
The Death Penalty in the Catechetical Tradition
The Least of These
A Legacy of Race
Vulnerabilities and Risks
A Matter of Discipleship
Conclusion

The Bible and the Church

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About the author (2013)

Vicki Schieber is the Catholic Mobilizing Network to End the Use of the Death Penalty’s education director and cofounder of Murder Victims’ Families for Human Rights. As the mother of a murder victim, she is active in murder victim families support groups and a noted advocate for death penalty repeal. She is coeditor of Where Justice and Mercy Meet: Catholic Opposition to the Death Penalty (Liturgical Press, 2013).

Trudy D. Conway is professor emeritus at Mount St. Mary’s University. She is active in the Catholic campaign against the death penalty and contributes to the educational initiatives of the Catholic Mobilizing Network to End the Use of the Death Penalty. She is coeditor of Where Justice and Mercy Meet: Catholic Opposition to the Death Penalty (Liturgical Press, 2013).

David Matzko McCarthy, PhD, is the Father Forker Professor of Catholic Social Teaching in the theology department at Mount St. Mary's University. He is the author of Death Penalty and Discipleship: A Formation Guide (Liturgical Press, 2016), coeditor of Where Justice and Mercy Meet: Catholic Opposition to the Death Penalty (Liturgical Press, 2013), and the founding editor of the Journal of Moral Theology.

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