Death penalty opponents say 2012 showed capital punishment is on the wane, even though the number of death-row inmates executed remained unchanged from 2011 at 43.
Peace & Justice
Slate and a Twitter feed called @GunDeaths are teaming up in a social media experiment to create an interactive feature they call “Gun Deaths in America Since Newtown.”
As of Thursday afternoon, 13 days since Newtown, 242 people have died as a result of gun wounds.
The chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on International Justice and Peace called on the White House's national security adviser to pursue negotiations with Iran on its nuclear research to head off the possibility of war.
Sick at heart, early Friday evening I went to the White House petition site, We the People. A news story had said there was a petition calling for gun control. There are several. The strongest call is, I think, "Today IS the day. Sponsor strict gun control laws." I was No. 5,468, and as of Wednesday afternoon, the petition has 35,541 signatures.
"Pro-life Christians who are a major political force in this country should be leading this movement [for saner gun control laws]," writes John Gehring, Catholic Program Director for Faith in Public Life, in a strong commentary about gun violence and the pro-life movement.
Resources for schools to tap into programs to help students find peaceful solutions and help teachers identify students who are isolated would be more useful than "having more locks on the doors."
The decision in October by the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to remove longtime peace advocate Roy Bourgeois from the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers upset many Catholics.
National Catholic Reporter joins Catholic United in calling for President Obama to convene a national discussion on preventing gun violence.
Pax Christi USA issued a statement today mourning the loss of Bishop Walter Sullivan who served as bishop-president of Pax Christi USA from 1991 through 2003.
He passed away on Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at age 84.
The statement reads:
An outspoken Mexican priest won the country's top human rights prize for his work protecting undocumented Central American migrants transiting Mexico.