The Church is, completely, oblivious to repeat violent offenders, within criminal justice systems.
In the context of Her massive problems with the priest sex scandals, how is that possible?
This is an excerpt from my full Catechism review.
Had Saint Pope John Paul II's (SPJPII) Evangelium Vitae (EV) been, properly, thought through, it would have concluded that innocents were better protected with the death penalty and that the death penalty is, therefore, a greater defender of society and innocents and, as such, EV would not have created the errors which were, then, wrongly put into the Catechism.
CCC 2267: "Today, in fact, given the means at the State's disposal to effectively repress crime by rendering inoffensive the one who has committed it, without depriving him definitively of the possibility of redeeming himself, cases of absolute necessity for suppression of the offender 'today ... are very rare, if not practically non-existent.' [John Paul II, Evangelium Vitae 56).
These pronouncements, within EV and CCC2267, reflect zero knowledge or concern about the reality of violence within prisons and the fact that criminal justice systems, worldwide, allow unjust aggressors to re offend against innocents, over and over, again (4).
We do not "redeem ourselves" -- a truly bizarre statement within a CCC or any other Church teaching. We are redeemed through the grace and mercy of God.
There has never been Church teaching that the death penalty, or any other type of death, prevents redemption, prior to our deaths. Just the opposite, there are many teachings about the expiation and mercy of executions and how that benefits the eternal future of the unjust aggressor.
The "very rare, if not practically non-existent" statement, within both EV and the CCC, shows an indifferent ignorance to how often unjust aggressors harm innocents, repeatedly (4), this pronouncement made at the exact moment when the Church was embroiled in one of its worst moral dilemmas in Her history, the priest sex abuse horror, with repeat violent offenders.
This is such a poorly considered prudential judgement as to negate any "prudential" moniker or any reference to judgement.
Do a GOOGLE search for -- priests sex offender - there are 800,000 hits - note how
many priests are known repeat offenders
Cases whereby the unjust aggressors harm and murder, again, in prison, after escape, after improper release and/or with no incarceration, are way too common (4) - the well known factual opposite of the SPJPII and Church's incomprehensible finding that such cases are "very rare, if not practically non existent", a factual error so profound and obvious (4) that it is clear that fact checking was avoided in both EV and the Catechism, showing zero concern for the additional innocent victims, from repeat unjust aggressors.
The Church and SPJPII made no prudential judgement, here, but instead, made a factual assertion which was entirely false (4), with zero fact checking and showing little interest - a grossly irresponsible judgement --- this at a time when both the Church and SPJPII were in the midst of a horrendous moral scandal of priests being allowed to sexually assault children, repeatedly and, which, obviously, had no effect on the Church to consider additional harm to innocents.
One would think both the Church and PJPII would be highly sensitive to innocent crime victims and their offenders being allowed to re offend, but, instead, it appears this was all, completely, forgotten within EV and CCC. Staggering.
A Google search of -- recidivism crime worldwide -- produced 4.76 million hits, within 0.21 seconds. Try it.
Let's look at "the means at the State's disposal" and the willful ignorance of anyone that would state that repeat offenders are "very rare, if not practically non-existent."
The Catechism and EV are, hereby, using the secular standard of penal security as a means to outweigh the teachings based in justice, balance, redress, reformation, expiation, all of which are primary, within 2000 years Church teachings, inclusive of the most recent CCC.
It is not a matter of the "means" at the State's disposal, but is about the reality of human error and how that, consistently, allows known violent offenders to harm innocents, repeatedly.
All villages, towns, cities, states, territories, countries and broad government unions have widely varying degrees of police protections and prison security. Murderers escape, harm and murder in prison and are given such leeway as to murder and/or harm, again, because of "mercy" to the murderer, leniency and irresponsibility to murderers, who are released or otherwise given the opportunity to cause catastrophic losses to the innocent, repeatedly, when such innocents are harmed and murdered by unjust aggressors, over and over, again. (4)
Incarcerated prisoners plan murders, escapes and all types of criminal activity, using proxies or cell phones in directing escapes, crimes in prisons and free world criminal activities, inclusive of murdering witnesses (4). All of this is well known by all, with the apparent exception of the authors of the Catechism and EV, authors who live within enforced ignorance.
Some countries are so idiotic, reckless and callous as to allow terrorists to sign pledges that they will not harm again and then they are released, bound only by their word, a worthless pledge resulting in more innocent blood (4).
It has always been so.
The Catechism, as does EV, avoids the many realities whereby the unjust aggressor is given so many opportunities to harm again and does so. Do the authors of the Catechism and EV have no grasp of reality and history? (4)
Nor do they have any interest in gaining such knowledge.
It is as if the Church was unaware of Her disastrous problems of the last 5 decades, when violent sex offenders were allowed to re victimize innocents over and over, again, inside the Church.
It appears the Catechism's and & EV's authors never considered the reality of such suffering (3&4). It is unknown why She acted in such a fashion but, it is, unconscionable.
Here are the known realities of all unjust aggressors, murderers and other violent offenders.
They can morally/criminally/spiritually:
1) Genesis 9:5-6 - "For your own lifeblood, too, I will demand an accounting: from every animal I will demand it, and from man in regard to his fellow man I will demand an accounting for human life. If anyone sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed; For in the image of God has man been made." (NAB)
2) Death Penalty Support: Modern Catholic Scholars
3) Pope John Paul II: Prudential Judgement and the death penalty
4) REALITY OF "STATE PROTECTION"
The Holy See could find these types of cases every day, seemingly, forever, if it cared to look. It seems likely that hundreds or thousands of innocents die, everyday, because of the irresponsibility of prison systems allowing unjust aggressors to harm and murder, again, in contradiction of the willful ignorance within EV and CCC 2267.
From 14,000 - 28,000 actual innocents have been murdered by those known murderers that we have allowed to murder, again - recidivist murderers, just since 1973, in the US.
The Death Penalty: More Saving Innocent Lives
Up to 400,000 actual innocents have been murdered in the US by those known offenders that we have allowed to harm, again, just since 1973, in the US.
The Death Penalty: Saving More Innocent Lives
"Prisons and the Education of Terrorists", Ian M. Cuthbertson, WORLD POLICY JOURNAL, FALL 2004
"The use of prisons as a means of recruiting new membrs into terrorist organizations while providing advanced training to existing members is hardly a new phenomenon. FOR MORE THAN 30 YEARS (my emphasis) , European countries have been beset by a variety of nationalist and leftist terrorist groups, some of them highly sophisticated organizations with large rosters of combat and support personnel."
" . . . terrorist groups were able to retain a large degree of cohesion within the prison setting, which they discovered to be a favorable environment for training members in new skills and planning future operations."
"Al-Qaeda and its network of associated organizations has taken full advantage of the relatively lax practices in European, and even some American, prisons. The pool of potential recruits is vast."
" . . . in October 2003, John Pistole, the FBI’s executive assistant director of counterterrorism/counterintelligence, called U.S. correctional institutions a “viable venue for radicalization and recruitment” for al-Qaeda. Harley Lappin, the director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons, sees the bloated prison population of disgruntled and violent inmates as being 'particularly vulnerable to recruitment by terrorists.'
Incarcerated Terrorists Radicalize Prisoners, Fundraise and Plan Attacks
"The Bali bombers were allowed to preach to the prison population, radicalising scores of impressionable young Muslims, as well as fund and organise subsequent attacks from their cells."
"Hell in the heart of paradise", 4:40PM Monday November 23, 2009 Source: AAP
Cell phones used from prisons to commit crimes
Prisoners using contraband cell phones, in prison, to arrange murders of witnesses, murders of government officials, plan escapes, continue free world criminal enterprises, etc.
Google search -- "cell phones" prison -- with 5.7 million hits in .35 seconds
Noted Terrorist Anwar al Awlaki, released from prison based upon his word.
al Awlaki was a spiritual leader at two mosques where three 9/11 hijackers worshipped, a native-born U.S. citizen who left the United States in 2002, was arrested in 2006 with a small group of suspected al-Qaida militants in the capital San'a. He was released more than a year later after signing a pledge he will not break the law or leave the country. He is now missing and encourages violence against Americans from his website.
Awlaki used his site to declare support for the Somali terrorist group, al-Shabaab and celebrated the acts of US Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, an Army psychiatrist, who murdered 13 and wounding 29 in a shooting spree.
al Awlaki called upon other Muslim's to duplicate those acts. "Radical imam praises alleged Fort Hood shooter", Associated Press, 11/9/09, 6:19 pm ET
"New Evidence Suggests Radical Cleric Anwar al-Awlaki Was an Overlooked Key Player in 9/11 Plot"
al-Awalaki killed, no longer a threat
"Al-Qaida cleric Anwar al-Awlaki is dead, says Yemen", Martin Chulov in Beirut, The Guardian, Friday 30 September 2011 04.53 EDT
Death-Row Drug Kingpin Busted With Meth in Cell
"Indonesian prisons are notorious for the amount of drug use and even drug manufacturing that goes on inside, typically with the paid assistance of prison officials."
" . . . while supposedly locked up, (Amir) continued to run an international trafficking ring with the help of his wife, bringing in product from Vietnam."
"He later escaped from the prison before being rearrested in Makassar"
Escapee Takes Family Hostage, Stabs Father
7 days later, McCloud invades home, holds family, inclusive of 5 year old son, hostage, at knifepoint, stabs father in back and shoulder === eventually, wife and husband get to their own firearm, killing McCloud. ("Murder suspect who escaped jail killed after holding family", BY JEFF AMY, ASSOCIATED PRESS FRIDAY, Channel 13 ABCNEWS, WHAM, Rochester, NY, MARCH 11TH 2016)
16 al Quaeda Escape in Jailbreak in Iraq
Repeat murderer fakes paralysis, escapes, murders, again.
Twice convicted murderer Alva "Campbell, faked paralysis and escaped from custody when he was being taken to court in a wheelchair. Using a gun he took form a deputy sheriff, he carjacked (Joe) Dials, 18, robbed and killed him."
Younger brother Charles Dials called Joe a father figure: “He was an awesome big brother, the go-to guy. Everybody loved him. It was a devastating blow for our family.”
Campbell murdered another wonderful person, in 1972, William S. Dovalosky, from Cleveland.
Execution date set for Columbus killer, By Alan Johnson, The Columbus Dispatch, March 28, 2013
23 escape from Yemen prison, 13 are al Quaeda
Governor commutes 108 year sentence: Offender later murders 4 policemen, while on bond for two child rapes
Lifer fakes paralysis, escapes
Repeat sex offender,"cripple" serving life, overpowers guards, escapes
Prison Gang Runs Prison, Drug Trafficking, Money Laundering and Impregnate 4 Guards:
"13 corrections officers indicted in Md., accused of aiding gang’s drug scheme", Washington Post, 4/23/13
"The Black Guerilla Family was founded in California in the 1960s but now operates nationwide in prisons and on the streets of major U.S. cities, including Baltimore. It arrived in Maryland’s prison system in the 1990s, according to the Justice Department, and is increasingly involved in narcotics trafficking, robbery, assault and homicides. By 2006, federal authorities say, the BGF had become the dominant gang at the Baltimore City Detention Center."
“The inmates literally took over ‘the asylum,’ and the detention centers became safe havens for BGF,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge Stephen E. Vogt."
Officials "embarrassed" by Texas death row inmate escape, Houston Chronicle, November 06, 2005
". . . Thompson claimed he had an appointment with his lawyer and was taken to a meeting room. However, the visitor was not Thompson's attorney." "After the visitor left, Thompson removed his handcuffs and his bright orange prison jumpsuit and got out of a prisoner's booth that should have been locked. He then left wearing a dark blue shirt, khaki pants and white tennis shoes, carrying a fake identification badge and claiming to work for the Texas Attorney General's office." "This was 100 percent human error; that's the most frustrating thing about it." "There were multiple failures." Trial jurors and victim's relatives were terrified.
goes on and on forever, with the Church, seemingly, oblivious.
5) "Evangelium Vitae, St. Thomas Aquinas and the Death Penalty", p 519, Steven A. Long, The Thomist, 63 (1999): 511-552
6) ibid, p 522
7) Kevin L. Flannery S.J. - Capital Punishment and the Law – 2007, Ordinary Professor of Ancient Philosophy at the Pontifical Gregorian University (Rome); Mary Ann Remick Senior Visiting Fellow at the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture (University of Notre Dame)
8) Luke 23:39-43 "Now one of the criminals hanging there reviled Jesus, saying, "Are you not the Messiah? Save yourself and us." The other, however, rebuking him, said in reply, "Have you no fear of God, for you are subject to the same condemnation? And indeed, we have been condemned justly, for the sentence we received corresponds to our crimes, but this man has done nothing criminal." Then he said, "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom." (Jesus) replied to him, "Amen, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise." (NAB).
It is not about the method of earthly death, but the message of eternal salvation.
9) Pope Francis
10) “Amerio on capital punishment “, Chapter XXVI, 187. The death penalty, from the book Iota Unum, May 25, 2007
11) Jesus and the death penalty: "They may become Christians", Dan Popp, June 23, 2013