Friday, August 18, 2006

His Silence Was Deafening
What a nice change of pace from Smilin' Joe

As often as I piss and moan about bishops who say nothing concerning the events of the day, today was one of those rare occurrences where I'm actually glad that nothing was said. And as the title of this post says... the silence was deafening.

You see, today the State of North Carolina meted out justice to one Samuel Flippen. During the trial, prosecutors said that Flippen struck his 2 year old stepdaughter, Britnie Nichol Hutton in the abdomen because she was crying. The blow was so hard it split her pancreas on her spine, prosecutors said. Flippen said Britnie fell from a chair.

OK, so this scumbag baby murderer was put to death. In all honesty, I really do hope that there was a conversion of the heart for this guy before he died... but don't expect any alligator tears from me in the meantime. He got what he deserved. And no, that isn't revenge. It's justice.

But anyhow, here in the Diocese of Raleigh, our new bishop had absolutely nothing to say concerning the execution. Thank God. He didn't turn official Church Teaching on it's head. He didn't attempt to pass off his personal opinion as official Church Teaching. He didn't deny 2,000 years of official Church Teaching to fit the politically correct sympathies of the many secular humanists who call themselves Catholic priests in this diocese.

I've posted before concerning certain Catholic bishops who bastardize Church teaching concerning the Death Penalty. And yes... I know that I very well may get blasted from folks who tell me that Father Limpwrist, or Bishop IFeelYourPain, or even Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI are personally against the death penalty.

You know what? I don't care what their personal opinion is on this subject. Know why? Because that's all it is... personal opinion. As I've already said, the official Church Teaching is very clear on this subject.

You know, I think I could get use to a bishop who doesn't come off as a mouthpiece for the ACLU all the time.


Blogger Dave said...

One of the reasons I'm opposed to the death penalty (and yes, this is my own POV) is because there are two other penalties which could have an inmate beg for death:

1) Life in a Supermax. It's as close to an oubilette as we have in this era.

2) A long sentence in a Supermax until they're old and weak, then kick them out into the world.

Only a saint or a near-superhuman evil person would keep their wits in either situation.

10:10 PM  
Blogger rhonda lugari said...

That is so sad.
Sometimes I want a different kind of justice, which is probably very sinful. I would prefer it if he lived a long life full of never-ending pain. And I hope he never gets to Heaven. I know we're not supposed to say or think that, but these kind of stories just don't seem to bring out the charitable side of me.

12:16 AM  
Blogger Vir Speluncae Catholicus said...

That's a viable option as well, Dave. I disagree that it should be used in this certain case... but what you propose is another valid means of punishment.

In all sincerity, I'm glad you didn't say that I "have the stain of mortal sin on my immortal sould for being in favor of the death penalty".

I find that particular mantra not only irritating, but wrong.

No worries, if he didn't convert before death, rest assured... what you described, he will endure for all eternity.

5:45 AM  

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