The most unjust execution
Never mind that Pope John Paul II, in Brazil, called abortions the most unjust execution. Every aborted baby is innocent -- and is denied the right to Baptism.
If Stanley Williams was not a death row convict but a baby in his mother's womb, how many people would be holding candlelight vigils to save his life?
The total number of prisoners executed in the USA in the 28 years since the death penalty was reinstituted in 1977 reached 1,000 this month. That's less than a third of the babies whom the USA's abortionists dismember alive every day.
By the way, The Tidings of December 16 carries an anti-death penalty piece by regular columnist Father Ron Rolheiser, OMI. That's fine, and no doubt Father is against abortions as well. But he pens this inaccuracy: "It took 2000 years before, finally, a pope stood up and pronounced unequivocally that the death penalty was wrong...No pope, again, ever, will affirm the contrary."
In fact, Pope John Paul II strongly recommended against the death penalty, but did not completely rule it out "in cases of absolute necessity."
The Catechism, in #2267, also recommends against the death penalty; but it adds, in #2266, "...the traditional teaching of the Church has acknowledged as well-founded the right and duty of legitimate public authority to punish malefactors by means of penalties commensurate with the gravity of the crime, not excluding, in cases of extreme gravity, the death penalty."
To point all this out is not to advocate the death penalty; it's to ask why death penalty opponents ignore all the preborn babies who are slated for execution.
Are Catholic opponents of executions going to start holding vigils in front of our area's many abortion business "death rows?" Let's not hold our breath.