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#2094     Mentally Disabled US Man Faces Execution

Moussa Taouk
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Moussa Taouk wrote at 6:22am on February 19th 2013
Obviously the death penalty shouldn't apply where there is an alternative.

But the question in my mind is: should a mentally retarted man be exempt from the death penalty owing to his inability to comprehend the consequences of his actions?

My initial thought is that a person's IQ shouldn't be a factor in whether or not he receives the death penalty. After all if he's harmful, he's harmful. And the point of the death penalty is to eliminate that harm from society.

Any alternative thoughts?

#2093     Mentally Disabled US Man Faces Execution

Mary B
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Mary B wrote at 11:52pm on February 18th 2013
I absolutely do not agree with the death penalty. I understand that if there is a serious reason in which someone cannot be contained and they threaten the lives of others than it may be warranted (which essentially is self-defence) - but this is very rare and definitely does not apply to this case!

#2092     Mentally Disabled US Man Faces Execution

Sammy Moon
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Sammy Moon wrote at 11:46pm on February 18th 2013
This does not seem right at all!

In a modern country that has the ability to keep prisoners securely locked up, no one should receive the death penalty - let alone someone who is mentally-handicapped would not have had the capacity to fully understand the consequences of his actions!

#2091     Stations of the Cross Video Series

Tara McInnes
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Tara McInnes wrote at 1:38am on February 16th 2013
So true..

#2090     Is God Good? A Powerful Video on Why Suffering & Evil Exists...

Rachel Iedema
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Rachel Iedema wrote at 4:33am on February 15th 2013
Moussa,
I think you had some great insights there about being with those who suffer but to be there with them and love them.
We know there is something wrong with the world when we look around at the injustices & heartbreak - we dont have to look far at all to see the pain and suffering in our own lives whether though relationship breakdown, disease & tragedy. It is there because Adam & Eve chose to listen to the snake in the garden instead of trusting God and his goodness and now that perfect world is no more.

But God is doing something about it. Gods own heat broke when he sent Jesus his own Son to suffer and die. Jesus came to deal with the sin and mess to so that there will be a time when there is no more suffering. He entered our world - in its brokeness and pain that we all play a part in - to bring us to HIm.

I love this article and I hope its helpful!

http://fervr.net/bible/dear-god-why-do-you-allow-pain-and-suffering

#2089     Who will be the Key Players in the Papal Conclave?

Tara McInnes
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Tara McInnes wrote at 11:13pm on February 13th 2013
Blessed John the 23rd, JP2 and John Paul 1 Pray for the electors of the New Pope along with Dorothy Day.. Lord hear us..

#2088     Benedict XVI Thanks Everyone During His Last Mass at St. Peter's Basilica

Tara McInnes
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Tara McInnes wrote at 11:07pm on February 13th 2013
Had me in tears :(

#2087     Rare Footage of Blessed Mother Teresa

Paula Catherine Hagan
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Paula Catherine Hagan wrote at 9:43am on February 11th 2013
The wise philosophy of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta is a pearl of great price. Her total commitment to the poor and marginalised is the greatest example of selflessness in a era when the 'cult of self' dominates western society.

#2086     Free Online Program - "Stop Using Pornography"

Lisa Knutsen
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Lisa Knutsen wrote at 2:42am on February 4th 2013
This program isn't actually free. :( It costs $49.95 to access all the resources offered by Jonathan Doyle.

#2085     The Altar Server

John Brunton
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John Brunton wrote at 10:06pm on January 30th 2013
Oh being an alter server were some of the best years of my life, loved that video

#2084     Pope Benedict XVI's Message for the 47th World Communications Day, 2013

Siuyin Ho
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Siuyin Ho wrote at 9:33am on January 29th 2013
I couldn't agree more - indeed people need to be authentically accountable when using these spaces and this means to be sincere in your intentions and communications with others. It's all too often complicated by the fact that people may say one thing but then again in another instance refuse to carry out what they've said. I have to also say that Beneditto's absolutely right when he says many people unfortunately tend to see popularity as more important than the content or value of what is being shared. This area has to change if people are to truly move into using this sphere of electronic communications for positively transformational purposes and actions. I’m glad to admit though the popularity factor isn’t always as ‘popular’ in those circles which have at their heart sincerity of social conscience and a desire to act upon and live out according to one’s conscience. The more of these around, the better!

#2083     Pope Benedict XVI's Message for the 47th World Communications Day, 2013

Siuyin Ho
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Siuyin Ho wrote at 9:30am on January 29th 2013
Sorry guys, just editing my post - pls administn - can you put an editing link here as well? - it would make it much easier for us to edit our posts rather than have to delete them and then re-post, tq.

#2082     Israeli Elections Could Help Peace Prospects, Bishop Reports

Siuyin Ho
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Siuyin Ho wrote at 7:22am on January 28th 2013
What's "Palestinian territory"? Really, come on! The name "Palestine" was simply a cartographic label for the whole area, coined by the Roman Empire. This area, traditionally belonging to the people of Israel, was re-organised after WWII because this place had a BIG refugee crisis.

The fact is that the Jewish refugees from Europe are actually the indigenous people of the whole area because the Bible tells us so - God divinely entrusted Israel with traditional ownership of the whole area. Around the same time of the peoples' return from Europe and not long before this, other turmoils were happening across the Middle East and North Africa which meant stacks of Arab refugees were rightly seeking somewhere to escape the effects of totalitarian regimes in their homelands - so logically they fled to Israel. Then other complications happened - political ones which meant that some of these political forces objected to what was going on re: the overwhelmingly large influx of people seeking asylum. On top of that you had a period of time where the latter generations of earlier refugees from Arabia had already gone back to their homelands in Iran, Saudi etc... and a little while later again these people wanted to come back to Israel because things started flaring up in their own countries again - by that stage the then-govt of Israel was in a twist about the whole situ so many of these people were refused re-entry! Pretty stupid that they were refused because the Biblical mandate God also requires is for refugees to be welcomed and allowed to settle or re-settle if need be regardless of whether the land traditionally belongs to Israel - cos allowing refugees does not deprive Israel of it's sovereign right to custodianship of these areas - in fact it gives traditional owners the opportunity to show forth God's grace and love to others who are seeking help in times of need.

The whole thing about carving up our land "into plots belonging to 'Palestine' and those belonging to us" is a farce because ok, these Arab refugees have rights to be given asylum, and with this a secure place to live, free from the grasp of totalitarian rule but this does not give other malign political opportunists the right to twist the asylum-seeker issue into something that it's not. Whilst there are such a thing as Arab refugees, there isn't such a thing as a 'Palestinian land' separate from the rest of Israel. Once, all of Israel was cartographically labelled "Palestine", now political expedients want to carve up the traditional lands and feed the secularist media-concocted lie that there somehow exists so-called Palestinian territory that's somehow outside of Israel's traditional ownership. In fact it's none other than land-grabbing because what these political opportunists have done is steal some of the traditional territory from the people of Israel and they still want to have more and more so that in the end the people of Israel will not be custodians anymore. This is an evil plot and the opportunists are using the Arab refugee issue as a political springboard and football. They don't care one bit about Arab refugees - they want to take all our tribal territories - like they already have sequestered the South Eastern part and they want to hold onto it and take more.

A large intertwining part of the problem is that the Israel State has caused this problem and has consequentially allowed the ceding of territory to happen. They caused the problem by not finding a holistically beneficial solution to asylum-seeker issues early in the piece and they kowtowed to the US government by giving in to the non-traditional idea of embracing nation-statehood, which was a serious mistake. This only further complicated things down the track. This meant that the political opportunists who want extremists in Hamas etc. to stir up more problems effectively hijacked the refugee issue, turning it into one of an artificially constructed 'Palestinian' people's 'right of return'. Sure, refugee families whom had moved from Israel back to their own countries a couple of generations ago should have the right to return back to the place in Israel where they first sought asylum - that's legitimate. But for some extremists to turn this issue into one of 'Palestinian land' is morally and historically wrong for ancestrally the land belongs to Israel as a First Nation. However, more recently because of the desperate situations of asylum seekers whose own ancestral homes are in Iraq, Egypt, Iran etc..., these people and their need for a safe haven have been used and manipulated by extremist political interests (at the expense of refugee interests and concerns), to prop up opportunistic and ulteriorly motivated ones such as the desire to take away the traditional custodianship rights of Israel. Most of the world, particularly the secular media and those whom it convinces (and this sadly includes many within different denominational persuasions) believes the lies because it hasn't been given the opportunity to understand the truth as the monopoly on information dissemination is often very much in favour of a secularist preferential leaning.

#2081     Ask a Priest - What is the Official Position of the Catholic Church and Christianity on Homosexuality

Matthew Toohey
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Matthew Toohey wrote at 12:13am on January 27th 2013
Dear Vladimir Prtenjaca
In the case of Leviticus 18:22 the additional context that one needs to apply is that it is part of the same Levitical purity code that prohibits sowing two kinds of grain in the same field or wearing garment made from two kinds of fabric (Leviticus 19:19) or harvesting to the very end of the field (Leviticus 19:9).
Do you also object to polyester-cotton shirts?

#2080     Before the Dawn: GOD w/ US

Clement Jackson Parayakattil
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Clement Jackson Parayakattil wrote at 2:48am on January 25th 2013
Hi guys..nice song.

#2079     Archbishop Aquila Reflects on the Horrors of Witnessing the Effects of Abortion

Assaf Reaidy
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Assaf Reaidy wrote at 10:27am on January 23rd 2013
very sad even animals don't kills their babies :(
may the holy spirit guide all those who do, legalise or support abortions

#2078     Archbishop Aquila Reflects on the Horrors of Witnessing the Effects of Abortion

Laura Cain
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Laura Cain wrote at 4:49am on January 23rd 2013
So sad : (

#2077     Ask a Priest - What is the Official Position of the Catholic Church and Christianity on Homosexuality

Vladimir Prtenjaca
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Vladimir Prtenjaca wrote at 9:54am on January 21st 2013
Dear Matthew Toohey
No mention of violence in this 'additional context'
'Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman; that is detestable.' (Leviticus 18:22)
some more 'additional context' from the more recent part of the Bible
"Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion." (Romans 1:26-27)
The Bible is strewn with much more, all one has to do look for it....
the problem today pride has cultured has cultured a sense that God is comprehensive to man... when common sense tells us it's us that are comprehensive to God... in short.. we need God, He doesn't need us... or our wants,
The challenge is take courage with any sexual affliction, be it homosexual, heterosexual, pornography etc.... with discernment .. be aware, understand.. take action (reject/accept).
Have faith in the 'Creator' ... not the 'creation'

#2076     Ask a Priest - What is the Official Position of the Catholic Church and Christianity on Homosexuality

Matthew Toohey
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Matthew Toohey wrote at 4:25am on January 21st 2013
I don't think the Biblical references cited support a blanket condemnation of homosexual acts: they need additional context.
For example, I don't understand how Genesis 19 - which describes the attempted gang rape of two angels disguised as men - can be used to condemn homosexual acts that take place within a loving, committed relationship, especially when Judges 19 - which describes the actual gang rape of a woman - is not similarly used to condemn heterosexual acts that take place within a loving, committed relationship.

#2075     An Unexpected Christmas

Guy Sudano
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Guy Sudano wrote at 4:53am on January 14th 2013
This should be shown all over the world! God save us for their sake!

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