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January 19, 2009
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:

Death Row Ministry as a Couple and as a Family
Dale and Dr. Susan Recinella
Thursday, January 22, 2009 at 6:30pm - Florida
Catholic Volunteers of Florida Annual Retreat
Green Cove Springs, FL (not open to the public)
For information, contact Sr. Florence by email: fbryanssj@aol.com

The Biblical Truth about America’s Death Penalty
(offered twice)
Catholic Teaching and the Realities of the American Death Penalty
Dale S. Recinella is the presenter of these three workshops at the NCADP (National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty) National Conference:
Training for the Long Run 2009
January 25-27, 2009 - Harrisburg, PA
Workshops will be offered on Saturday, January 26
Holiday Inn Harrisburg East
4751 Lindle Road, Harrisburg, PA 17111 Phone:(717) 939-7841
Dale’s book, The Biblical Truth about America’s Death Penalty, will be available for purchase and signing.
For information, contact NCADP:(202) 331-4090 or go to conference webpage: ncadp.org




Catholics for an End to the Death Penalty
By: Dale Recinella

Back in June of 1999, our little rural mission parish three miles from the Georgia border in the far north of Florida’s Deep South became one of the first two Catholic parishes in the country to pass a death penalty moratorium resolution.


A copy of it is available online at the website: U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)

Then in 2005 the U.S. Catholic Bishops launched a renewal of their then-25-year-old campaign to end the use of the death penalty in the United States with a beautiful document on Church teaching called The Culture of Life and the Penalty of Death.

In calendar year 2007 the Catholic Bishops of Florida had Susan and I speak on Catholic Teaching and the Realities of the U.S. Death Penalty in all seven dioceses in the state of Florida.

Now, a new impetus is being launched by American Catholics to end the use of the death penalty in the U.S. The following is the press release announcing this development:

CATHOLIC MOBILIZING NETWORK TO END THE DEATH PENALTY COLLABORATES WITH U.S. BISHOPS, ABOLITION GROUPS


WASHINGTON — The launch of the Catholic Mobilizing Network to End the Death Penalty will be announced at a news conference on Sunday, January 25, at 11 a.m., at the Holiday Inn Harrisburg East, 4751 Lindle Road, Harrisburg, Pa., at the conclusion of the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty training conference, which is being held at that location. John Carr, Executive Director of the Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), will participate in the news conference. Also scheduled to participate are Sister Helen Prejean, CSJ, author of the book “Dead Man Walking” on which the feature film of the same name is based, and Diann Rust-Tierney, Executive Director of the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty. The Catholic Mobilizing Network, an independent entity, will collaborate with the USCCB and established abolition organizations such as the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, New Jersey Campaign Against the Death Penalty, and Murder Victims for Reconciliation. Its goal is to inform and activate Catholics about capital punishment in the United States and why its use must be ended. Building on the U.S. bishops’ statements on ending the use of the death penalty, it will employ all available media to reach archdioceses and dioceses, Catholic colleges and universities, as well as Catholic high schools and elementary schools. The media the Catholic Mobilizing Network will use include plays, walks, vigils, the Internet social site Facebook, and English and Spanish educational materials about the death penalty posted on the USCCB’s web site.

I will be at the training conference in Harrisburg this weekend conducting three workshops on how to address the erroneous use of the Bible and Catholic teaching by death penalty supporters.

Please pray for the success of this initiative.


© 2009 Dale S. Recinella

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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

If you Like this Weekly Ezine - You will love Dale's Book!
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Paperback: 433 pages

Excellent book on the topic!,
June 13, 2005 Nathan Eanes
(Review from Amazon.com)

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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