The Maryland Catholic Conference is calling the recent repeal of the death penalty in Maryland a "pro-life victory". Really??? Seriously??? What about the real death penalty in Maryland??
While the MCC and state legislators were celebrating and giving "high-fives" to each other, another 95 babies were slaughtered in abortuaries across the Free State. Yes, approximately 95 babies are murdered vis-a-vis abortion in Maryland - with the support of many of the legislators who repealed capital punishment.
How many executions occurred in Maryland over the years? According to Maryland's own statistics, 85 men were executed from 1923 to present. Obviously that's less than 1 per year: 0.94 to be precise. With 95 babies being murdered every year, that makes 34,700 per year. Once again, the Maryland Catholic Conference displays an abysmal lack of perspective just in terms of arithmetic as they wax lyrical about a legislative body that largely condones the murder of innocents.
There's a larger issue here, one that eludes the folks at Maryland Catholic Conference. Mary Ellen Russell, executive director of the MCC stated the case although she doesn't acknowledge the impact of what she said. She said, "the test of whether the death penalty can be used is not the gravity of the offense, but whether it is absolutely necessary to protect society." Right there she acknowledges that capital punishment is permissible if "it is absolutely necessary to protect society". However, thanks to their short-sighted (and progressive leanings of the "social justice" cabal), they have just removed a means of societal defense that would otherwise be available to protect society from dangerous criminals.
There is a malevolent pattern in recent actions of the Maryland legislature. It's seen in the repeal of capital punishment and it's also seen in the push to cripple our exercise of Second Amendment rights. In both cases, the progressives are acting to tie our hands when it comes to defending ourselves, our families and our society against dangerous thugs. In fact, the thugs who call themselves "doctors" while plying their murderous trades are no doubt joining in the celebration of the death penalty repeal. Why? Simple! They no doubt realize that in a saner time, they would be considered eligible for capital punishment.
ADDENDUM: Perhaps the MCC staffers are reading the Not-at-all Catholic Reporter. Yesterday their columnist Bill Tammeus questioned why true Catholics spend so much energy trying to stop abortion as opposed to the death penalty. Why? According to this dubious sage, the unborn child is just "a bundle of cells" whereas the criminal is a human being. What a guy!