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What Would Cardinal Bernardin Do?

Posted by Ann Scheidler (March 15, 2011 at 8:47 am)
Cardinal Joseph Bernardin celebrates the burial Mass for thousands of aborted unborn babies in 1988.

Cardinal Joseph Bernardin celebrates the burial Mass for thousands of aborted unborn babies in 1988.

On March 9, Illinois Governor Patrick Quinn signed legislation ending the use of the death penalty in the State of Illinois. Quinn cited statements by the late Cardinal Joseph Bernardin, as well as his reading of the Bible, as “very helpful in reflecting on this issue.”

Quinn drew his inspiration for his position on the death penalty from Fr. Alphonse Spilly’s biography of Bernardin, The Gift of Peace, which focuses on the cardinal’s struggle with a false accusation and with cancer.

Although The Gift of Peace does not address the issue of the death penalty, it is a fact that Cardinal Bernardin spoke of the death penalty as an attack on the value of human life as part of his theory of the consistent ethic of life. He stated, speaking as the director of the U. S. Catholic Bishops’ Pro-Life Secretariat, “We have also opposed the death penalty because we do not think its use cultivates an attitude of respect for life in society.” [Continue reading ...]

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