Includes innocent and guilty

I wish to comment on the Oct. 9 letter from Erv Hoglund titled, “Upcoming election: Select pro-life candidates.” I want to take issue with statements in the last paragraph. He says “As a Roman Catholic … I am pro-life and will vote for candidates who are pro-life …”

I wonder if many of us Catholics are not aware of or have forgotten the call from our hierarchy. The pope, cardinals and bishops have called for an end to or least a moratorium on the death penalty. Being pro-life has a much deeper meaning according to the Catholic Catechism (section 2266). It seems that a lot of time, money and energy have been spent on the abortion issue and very little on the other part of the pro-life issue. Sister Helen Prejean, author of “Dead Man Walking,” told us so poignantly at the annual Catholic Education Conference in Seattle this September, we are called to be pro-life – pro-innocent life and pro-guilty life.


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