Sister Helen Prejean, author of "Dead Man Walking" (a tome against capital punishment) was featured in the February 23rd issue of the Catholic Standard. This particular piece is only found in the paper edition, not online.
Apparently her book was made into an opera and she gave a presentation on it at the Washington National Cathedral. This presentation that included a panel of leaders of various religions was sponsored by "Catholic Mobilization Network To End The Death Penalty". Isn't that a mouthful? While we can be grateful that this gabfest didn't occur in a Catholic facility, we can wonder why the Standard staff saw fit to devote an entire page to it.
Sister claims to be opposed to abortion, but other problems abound as evidenced here. At the 2008 Democratic Interfaith Gathering, she said “And in the Christian tradition, God allowed or even willed his own son, Jesus, to be sacrificed and killed on the cross in payment for our sins! And when we kill criminals we have chaplains in death houses! And when we kill criminals for their crimes God accepts their death in payment for their sins so they can go to heaven! What kind of god do we believe in?! What kind of father would demand the death of a son? Is this a god? Or is it an ogre, a monster, created by our own violent impulses? We project so this is God who wants vengeance, like we want vengeance. Truly there are contradictory images of God in the Bible. On which one will we model our lives?" She blasphemed against God the Father and the Crucifixion.
She "officiated" at the wedding of Susan Sarandon's daughter. Only clergy do that. Does this point to dissidence regarding women and the priesthood? It would appear so. She also seems to condone the normalization of homosexual perversions in society. I state all of this to demonstrate that Sister Helen Prejean has not one shred of credibility whatsoever to lecture Catholics on anything, let alone moral issues.
Several years ago, Judie Brown of American Life League touched upon Sister's seeming indifference to the murders of tiny children. There does seem to be a lack of proportion in Sister's mind when it comes to the importance of both abortion and capital punishment in comparison to each other. I've blogged about the matter in the past and now link to those posts. In the first post in that anthology, I highlighted some statistics showing that for every convicted criminal executed there were 42,000 babies legally murdered. In the third post I pointed out that the effort to eliminate all capital punishment might well be an act of disobedience to God Himself for it was He who charged civil governments with that responsibility.
Some might be understandably befuddled as to why so many of those who seek to abolish capital punishment actually applaud the murders of tiny infants. I was among that number until the answer dawned upon me almost instantaneously. The repugnance that pro-aborts feel towards capital punishment actually stems from both guilt and fear. In a saner time, these same pro-aborts, precisely because of their support, if not cooperation with and even commission of the crime of baby-murder, would themselves be eligible for the death penalty. As it is, they are in grave danger of damnation unless they repent.
What I still fail to understand is how any reliable Catholic news outlet could devote an entire page of newsprint to someone who deviates from Catholc morality. This article is just the latest example of why the Catholic Standard connot be considered a reliable Catholic news source. Regrettably we'll see new reasons in the not-too-distant future.