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Will Houston’s New Cardinal DiNardo Be A Strong Voice Against The Death Penalty?

Archbishop Daniel DiNardo of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston was promoted to Cardinal today by Pope Benedict XVI.

I hope this means Cardinal DiNardo will increase his local profile on issues of social justice. Most especially, I hope we hear from Cardinal DiNardo about the barbaric application of the death penalty in Harris County and in Texas.

The recent immoral behavior of Judge Sharon Keller of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals is just the latest outrage.  So-called Judge Keller would not hear the appeal of a soon-to-be-executed death row inmate because it was delivered at 20 minutes after five o’clock. The inmate was executed that evening.

Harris County is a death penalty capital of the world despite the shoddy work done in our county’s criminal lab. No matter what, we keep sending people to death row.

The late Cardinal Joseph Bernardin  of Chicago was a leader in the fight against the death penalty.

I know I’ll disagree with Cardinal DiNardo on many questions. I also know the Houston/Galveston area is in strong need of a voice for social justice and against the death penalty.  

Here is a link to Amnesty International’s anti-death penalty blog.  

October 18, 2007 - Posted by | Galveston, Houston, Politics, Texas | , , , , , ,


  1. He is a strong supporter of minority rights, especially illegal immigrants. If you’re concerned that he’ll speak up, he probably will, but not the confrontational approach. More that of engagement of dialogue rather than open pronouncements (denouncements-depending on your point of view).

    GOd bless,


    Comment by Tito | October 18, 2007

  2. That’s a good issue as well. Dialogue is most often best. Though not 100% of the time.

    Thank you for the comment.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | October 18, 2007

  3. Neil, I take it you’re not down with capital punishment?

    Admittedly the idea of the death penalty as a deterrent is worthless given the current system.

    Though it would be interesting to see if it were an effective deterrent if the convicted criminal was killed in the manner in which he murdered his victim(s).

    Comment by Laz | October 18, 2007

  4. I don’t think that view is consistent with your views against abortion.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | October 18, 2007

  5. Neil,
    What is your view of abortion?

    Comment by Laz | October 19, 2007

  6. Somewhere between the Pope and Planned Parenthood.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | October 19, 2007

  7. Well I know where the Pope stands, what is Planned Parenthood’s stance?

    I assume you know my views on abortion (it is the termination of a human life).

    As far as capital punishment is concerned, I don’t see a problem with governments executing convicted murderers provided that the case is airtight, I suppose I should bring up the Biblical principle on capital punishment being carried only if there is testimony of at least 2 eyewitnesses to the crime.

    I’m guessing you find these 2 views inconsistent?

    Comment by Laz | October 19, 2007

  8. *carried out only if…

    Sorry about that

    Comment by Laz | October 19, 2007

  9. Sorry Laz–You won’t get me pinned down on that one.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | October 19, 2007

  10. Neil,
    I’m not a wrestler

    Comment by Laz | October 19, 2007

  11. Good thing on that question because I’m elusive on that matter.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | October 19, 2007

  12. Neil,

    Believe me, many in the pro-life movement would like him to speak up about abortion as well, but again, he is more for engagement rather than a “shouting match”.

    Don’t expect him to say much about the death penalty. His pastoral activities will be that of one-on-one with state legislators when it comes to the death penalty. That is a very good strategy, albeit not to many people’s liking.

    Keep up the good blogging.

    In Christ,


    Comment by Tito | November 24, 2007

  13. Well, there is a place for a Thurgood Marshall working behind the scenes as he did as a NAACP lawyer and there is a place for a Martin Luther King on the streets. I hope the Cardinal is at least on of these on questions of social justice.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | November 24, 2007

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