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January 17, 2006
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: Florida Catholic Bishops’ Campaign against the 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 Bishops of Florida have approved this series of presentations to educate Catholics and interested others about Church teaching on the death penalty. Attendance by catechists, educators, Respect Life coordinators, and Peace and Justice Committee members is particularly encouraged. The program will be offered in every diocese in Florida during 2007.

Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee

Pensacola, FL – Saturday January 20, 2007
9:00am - 12 Noon
Sacred Heart Co-Cathedral
1212 E. Moreno St., Pensacola FL
For information contact:
Thomas Vickers: (850) 386-7565 or tvickers2404@earthlink.net or
Sheila Hopkins (Florida Catholic Conference): (850) 205-6826 or shopkins@flacathconf.org

Tallahassee, FL – Sunday January 21, 2007
1:30pm – 4:30pm
St. Thomas More Co-Cathedral - O’Brien Hall
900 W Tennessee St., Tallahassee, FL 32316
For information contact:
Thomas Vickers: (850) 386-7565 or tvickers2404@earthlink.net or
Sheila Hopkins (Florida Catholic Conference): (850) 205-6826 or shopkins@flacathconf.org

Archdiocese of Miami
Miami, FL – Saturday February 3, 2007
10:00am – 1:00pm
Archbishop Edward McCarthy Pastoral Center
9401 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33138
For information: Deacon Edgardo Farias, Director
Office of Detention Ministry, Archdiocese of Miami
Office (305) 762-1093 or Cell (786) 346-3889 or Edgardo@miamiarch.org or
Sheila Hopkins (Florida Catholic Conference): (850) 205-6826 or shopkins@flacathconf.org

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University of Notre Dame
“The Death Penalty Leaves No Survivors”
Dale S. Recinella
Sponsored by: ND-ASK [ND Against State Killing]
February 14, 2007
For details contact: Will McAuliffe (315) 559-7010 or mcauliffe.4@nd.edu


Mai Più – Never Again
By: Dale Recinella

The sun is shining brightly against a deep blue sky on this January morning in Turin, Italy. The snow-capped peaks of the Italian Alps are visible in the near distance. It is a day to remember. For the Catholics in Turin it is also a day of remembering.




Today is Sunday January 27. Under the auspices of Cardinal Severino Poletto, the Bishop of Turin, all the Masses in this diocese will commemorate the Holocaust today. We are not far from the borders of France and Austria. This commemoration is not theoretical. It is the actual history of this part of the world. In living memory stands the horror that can happen when governments are allowed power over the life and death of their citizens.

I am attending Mass with the Grenni family, my hosts for the weekend of forums about the teachings of the Bible, Torah, Talmud and the Catholic Church concerning the death penalty. The parish of San Giulio d’Orta, St. Julius of Orta, has a newly built church. The inside configuration is themed in triangles stretching toward heaven, both a symbol of the Trinity and of the impelling reach of our prayers toward God. The pastor, Don Giacomo Garbero, is a marvellous priest whose love-filled eyes embrace each of us warmly at the entrance to the church. I first met him Friday night when he attended the forum here at the parish.

I could not have imagined the depth of the parishioners’ interest and faith-fueled fervor for an end to the death penalty. The Friday session continued until midnight. Young people. Middle-aged. Older people. Even some whose own eyes had witnessed the horrors of the Holocaust. Their questions evidenced both depth and disbelief.

“How can Catholics in America support the death penalty in the face of our Holy Father’s clear teaching?”

“How is it that the overwhelming majority of executions in America occur in the Bible Belt—aren’t the people there Christian?”

“Don’t Americans realize the horrors that can eventually occur when a government is allowed to kill its own citizens?”

It is time for the Sunday Homily. As Don Giacomo stands before the podium, young people from the church process forward and lay barbwire and a sign at the altar. The sign says: “Mai Più!” (Never Again!)

Don Giacomo speaks of the history of man, a history pervaded with the habit of killing one’s enemies. Then he speaks of the day of prayer in Assisi earlier in the week. There the Holy Father prayed together with the highest representatives of other Christian denominations and even of other faiths, all in a uniform acclamation that no one should ever again kill in the name of God. Finally, Don Giacomo explains how the death penalty is in the same spirit of the Holocaust and of war, the killing of one’s enemies.

It is time for the prayer of the faithful.

A middle-aged parishioner steps to the lectern and begins:

“For the Christians in the American Bible Belt, that they will disregard their erroneous conclusions from Bible pull-quotes which resulted in their support of slavery 150 years ago and result in their support of the death penalty today…..

“For America, that she will reclaim the legacy of non-violent Christian love of friend and enemy as lived by the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King whose memory has been celebrated this past week….

“For the Catholics in America, that they will overcome the instinct of revenge and follow the teaching of the Holy Father, clamoring for an end to the death penalty in America and the world….

“Per questo noi ti preghiamo.” (We pray to the Lord.)

“Ascoltaci o Signore.” (Lord hear our prayer.)



First published: The Florida Catholic, February 14, 2002
© 2002 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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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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