I Was In Prison
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January 30, 2008
Dale S. Recinella, Catholic Lay Chaplain, Florida Death Row and Solitary Confinement
Susan M. Recinella, Clinical Psychologist for mentally ill adults, and Catholic Lay Minister to Families of the Executed
Upcoming Events:

Scripture, Catholic Teaching and the Realities of the American Death Penalty
Dale S. Recinella
Monday February 18th
7:30 pm - TEXAS
St. Gabriel the Archangel
110 St. Gabriel Way
McKinney, TX 75071
For information, contact: Kay Leonard ph. (214) 544-1669 or email: MarianKL@aol.com

Catholic Teaching and the Realities of the American Death Penalty
Dale S. Recinella and Dr. Susan M. Recinella are the featured speakers in this program on the Catholic Campaign to End the Use of the Death Penalty in America.
The presentation is a condensed version of the program approved by the Bishops of Florida and offered during 2007 in every diocese in Florida to educate Catholics and interested others about Church teaching on the death penalty.
Dale's book, The Biblical Truth about America's Death Penalty, will be available for purchase and signing.
Monday March 31st - FLORIDA
7 - 8:30 pm in the Parish Hall
Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church
8523 Normandy Blvd.
Jacksonville, FL 32221
For information, contact Ms.Peg Baker ph. (904) 477-7252 or email: jmbake56@bellsouth.net


"Virtuous Killing": God Wills It Not
By: Dale Recinella

Pordenone is a medium sized city of northern Italy,


located about halfway between Trieste and Padua and midway between the Alps and the sea. There is nothing middle-of-the-road about the event here tonight, however. Public ecumenical dialogues may be commonplace in America. Such exchanges are exceedingly rare, almost nonexistent, in Italy.

Tonight's Tavola Rotonda Su Diritto Alla Vita, A Roundtable Discussion on the Right to Life, is co-sponsored by the Roman Catholic Church and hosted by the Baptist Church of Pordenone. The Moderator is Pastor Paolo Todaro of the local Seventh Day Adventist congregation with the other panelists being the Baptist Pastor Giuseppe Miglio and myself.

Opening remarks and prayer are offered by Monsignor Don Livio, the representative for ecumenical affairs of the local Roman Catholic Bishop. He quotes at length from the Catechism and from the encyclicals of Popes John XXIII, Paul VI and John Paul II as to the nature of God's will with respect to human life and the inherent dignity and intrinsic worth of every human life.

The panelists each make our presentations to the Friday night audience. Mine focuses upon the fallacies of the death penalty under the scrutiny of both Scripture and Tradition. The others discuss broader life issues, including euthanasia, abortion and war. Finally, it is time for questions from the floor.

Monsignor Livio directs his question to me: "What would you suggest that religion can do to restore the world's awareness of the absolute value of human life?"

"Monsignor, you are better qualified than I to summarize the teaching of the Church. Are you asking for my own personal opinion?"

"Yes. You deal all the time with people who favor death as a solution to problems. What is your personal opinion as to how religion can best restore the world's awareness of the absolute value of human life?"

"Let me be clear then," I nod to Monsignor Livio and the moderator, "that this is the answer of an individual and not of a representative. This answer is only my own."

"I must first refer to the work of some great men. Dr. James J. Megivern holds a doctorate in theology from the University of Fribourg, Switzerland and an S.S.L. from the Pontifical Biblical Institute of the Gregorian Institute in Rome. He spent eighteen years working on his book, The Death Penalty: An Historical and Theological Survey, which establishes that incorporation into Christian practice of capital punishment and virtuous warfare both occurred around the same time in history-->
"Father Richard McSorley, the great Jesuit peace theologian of the twentieth century, wrote that every war is in essence a religious war because leaders cannot get people to kill unless the people believe that God wants them to kill. Therefore every war is doubly just--justified by the religious leaders on both sides. He stressed that this practice for Christians began with the Crusades where, for the first time in history, killing was proclaimed virtuous because 'God Wills It!'"

"Therefore, Monsignor, my answer is that the way religion can best restore the world's awareness of the absolute value of human life is for Christians and the leaders of the other major world religions to uniformly pronounce that God is the author of life. That killing is not God's will and cannot ever be God's will."

The Monsignor smiles gently, "Brother Dale, do you think that can really happen?"

"Yes, but it will have to start with the Christians. We are the ones who claim that our Savior is the Prince of Peace." <!--------------------------------------------------- END OF TEXT INSERTION -------------------------------------------------------->


First published: The Florida Catholic, May 15, 2003 2003 Dale S. Recinella & The Florida Catholic Used with permission. All rights reserved.
No further reproduction or republication without prior written permission.

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Excellent book on the topic!,
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The Biblical Truth about America's Death Penalty is a must-read. It deals with Biblical standards of Capital Punishment and then compares them to the system used in America today. It is the best-researched, most faithful to scripture, and most evenhanded analysis I have ever read concerning the Death Penalty. Whatever your persuasion on the issue, this book will teach you a great deal. Recinella is a trained lawyer and committed Christian who now volunteers part-time on Florida's death row. He thus understands law, the Bible, and the system of execution in America. I challenge anyone who supports the Death Penalty to read this book.



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