"Zambian prisoners, including those on death row, will be able to learn to pray the rosary, as the result of an initiative from two United Kingdom charities," as "Aid to the Church in Need and the rosary charity Crown of Thorns, will be sending some 1,600 rosary booklets to Kamfinsa State Prison and Kabwe Maximum Security Prison" — Rosary Goes to Death Row. I oppose the death penalty in principle, but it cannot be denied that condemned criminals receive a certain grace knowing the hour of their death.
Critics deride this as "an Old West-style of justice that allows killers to go out in a blaze of glory that embarrasses the state" — Condemned Utah killer will face firing squad. I'm generally favor anything "that embarrasses the state," but it seems only fair to allow a condemned criminal "to go out in a blaze of glory" if he so chooses, rather than to be strapped to a gurney like an animal.
Labels: Africa, America the Beautiful, Law, The Catholic Faith, The Culture of Death