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I Was In Prison
Online Prison Ministry Newsletter
September 1, 2011
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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Tuesday, August 23, 2011


Contact: Sheila S. Hopkins
Associate Director for Social Concerns/Respect Life
(850) 205-6826 shopkins@flacathconf.org
Catholic Bishops of Florida Ask Governor Scott to Spare the Life of Manuel Valle


Tallahassee, FL – In an August 3, 2011 letter to Governor Rick Scott, the bishops of Florida urged the governor to stay the execution of Manuel Valle scheduled for September 1, 2011.* Non-lethal means of punishment protect society and respect the life of all persons, even those who have done great harm. Text of the letter follows:

Dear Governor Scott,

We renew our appeal to you to end the use of the death penalty in our state. We urge you to stay the execution of Manuel Valle scheduled for September 1, 2011. We concede the right of the State to impose the death penalty when absolutely necessary, that is when it is otherwise impossible to defend society. However, given the ability of Florida to protect its residents by incarcerating inmates for life without possibility of parole, we pray you will exercise that option.

Willful murder is a heinous crime; it cries to God for justice. Yet, God did not require Cain’s life for having spilt Abel’s blood. While God certainly punished history’s first murderer, he nevertheless put a mark on him to protect Cain from those wishing to kill him to avenge Abel’s murder (cf. Genesis 4:15). Like Cain, the condemned prisoner on death row – for all the evil of his crimes – remains a person. Human dignity – that of the convicted as well as our own – is best served by not resorting to this extreme and unnecessary punishment. Modern society has the means to protect itself without the death penalty.

The killing of Officer Louis Pena caused great suffering and pain for his family and friends, and we pray they were consoled as they mourned the loss of their loved one. We are hopeful that Officer Gary Spell and his family are healed from his traumatic experience as he came to the aid of his fellow officer. An execution re-opens the emotional wounds of victim’s families and does not bring back or honor their loved one. True peace can only be achieved by forgiveness.

Killing someone because they killed diminishes respect for life and promotes a culture of violence and vengeance. We affirm the right and duty of the State to assure public safety and punish the guilty by incarceration, which allows the inmate an opportunity for reflection on their offenses and sorrow for the pain they have caused others.

Governor, we ask you to stop state sanctioned killing by sparing the life of Manuel Valle, allowing him to serve out his sentence in prison for the rest of his natural life.

Respectfully in the Lord,

Most Reverend Thomas G. Wenski
Archdiocese of Miami

Most Reverend Robert N. Lynch
Diocese of St. Petersburg

Most Reverend John G. Noonan
Diocese of Orlando

Most Revered Gerald M. Barbarito
Diocese of Palm Beach

Most Reverend Frank J. Dewane
Diocese of Venice

Most Reverend Felipe J. Estévez
Diocese of St. Augustine


From the website of:
FLORIDA CATHOLIC CONFERENCE
201 W. Park Avenue Tallahassee, FL 32301 www.flacathconf.org
Michele M. Taylor Associate Director for Communications
(850) 205-6817 mtaylor@flacathconf.org>

[*Please note that the execution of Manuel Valle is under a judicial stay until September 8, 2011.]



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Upcoming Events:

Now I Walk on Death Row September 2011
By: DALE S. RECINELLA, Catholic Correctional Chaplain for Florida Death Row

Sunday September 11 @ 2:00 - O'Brien Hall
Open to the public

ST THOMAS MORE CO-CATHEDRAL
TENNESSEE & WOODWARD AVE
(across the street from the FSU campus)
TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA
Sponsored by:
The Florida Catholic Conference
Pax Christi & Tallahassee Citizens Against the Death Penalty
Presentation followed by book signing
New book Now I Walk on Death Row will be available for purchase.
For information: Shirley Poore (850)893-6838 or shirleypoore@comcast.net>

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Monday September 12th @ 11:00 am
Open to TCC Criminal Justice Students only
Tallahassee Community College
Appleyard Campus
(across the street from the FSU campus)
TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA
Sponsored by: TCC

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Tuesday September 13th @ 12 noon -1:15 pm
Catholic Lawyers Guild of the Diocese of St. Augustine, Florida
Open to members and members’ guests
12 noon -1:15 pm:
The University Club of Jacksonville
1301 Riverplace Blvd # 2516
Jacksonville, FL 32207-9085
(904) 396-1687

Presentation followed by book signing
New book Now I Walk on Death Row will be available for purchase both before and after the presentation.
For information:
Maria J. Aguila, Esq., Secretary (904) 638-1338 or maria.aguila@aguilalaw.com


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Monday September 19th @ 1:00 pm (Central Time)
Free and Open to the public
College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University
24th Annual Peace Studies Conference
Quad 264, St. John's University
St. Joseph, Minnesota 56374
Sponsored by:
The Peace Studies Department of
College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University
Presentation preceded by book signing @ 12:30pm (Central Time)
New book Now I Walk on Death Row will be available for purchase both before and after the presentation.
For information: Dr. Jeff Anderson, CSB/SJU Peace Studies Dept.
320-363-3047 or janderson@csbsju.edu

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Now I Walk on Death Row – On Radio:
DALE S. RECINELLA
Catholic Correctional Chaplain for Florida Death Row


Friday Evening September 2nd 5:00 pm ET (live):
The Lifelines Show:
Host: Kurt Goff
WDCX Christian Radio: Buffalo, NY

Friday Morning September 16th 11:15am ET (live):
Today’s Issues
Host: Tim Wildmon/Marvin Sanders
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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

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Excellent book on the topic!,
June 13, 2005 Nathan Eanes
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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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