Media Center Pick of the Week

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The American Cardinal, Joseph Bernardin understood the cohesion of Catholic social teaching in light of the “seamless garment” that intimately clothed our dying Lord. We cannot impose distinctions on the vulnerable. As Catholic Christians, we are called to cherish the dignity of all persons – the apparently despicable as well as the unblemished unborn.

mc jesuitsThe American Cardinal, Joseph Bernardin understood the cohesion of Catholic social teaching in light of the “seamless garment” that intimately clothed our dying Lord. We cannot impose distinctions on the vulnerable. As Catholic Christians, we are called to cherish the dignity of all persons – the apparently despicable as well as the unblemished unborn. This week, we feature a DVD from the “Jesuits On…” series, entitled “The Death Penalty.” In a brief twenty minutes, Father Gregory O’Meara, S. J., traces capital punishment’s ancient origins and its American history from 1608 to the present day. Father O’Meara’s arguments for the abolition of the death penalty are thoughtfully grounded in American jurisprudence and Catholic ethics. But we expect erudition from the Jesuits! Beyond the sober intellectual arguments, we unexpectedly learn about Father O’Meara’s personal experience as a prosecutor in the Jeffrey Dahmer serial-killer case. He invokes Sister Helen Prejean’s insights in Dead Man Walking about redemption and the limits of our human judgment. A guide to discussion and activities assists the small group facilitator in unpacking the range of Father O’Meara’s insights into history, morality and church teaching. Order “The Death Penalty” and the discussion guide from the Media Resource Center or call Diane Gallagher or Dan Hardester @ 407-246-4897 (or 4895). (Dan Hardester serves as Secretary of the Evangelization Secretariat and Director of the Media Center.)