Last week after the House passed a bill during the special session that would bring back the death penalty, Catholic Santa Fe Diocese Archbishop John Wester quickly held a press conference. His extreme words are misleading, “I find it blasphemous that the state wants to take a human life,” Archbishop Wester said. [emphasis mine]
How is the death penalty “blasphemous”? The death penalty would end the life of criminals convicted of either murdering children or law enforcement and it would be used very rarely– probably only once or twice in a decade. Meanwhile, the bishops remain silent on the real issue that takes over a million lives a year– and that is a lucrative business in New Mexico, the late term capital of the nation– abortion.
While the Bishops were quick to call support of the death penalty “politically-motivated action”, anybody can connect the dots and come to the conclusion that the Bishops are actually supporting “politically-motivated inaction” when it comes to confronting the pro-life issue. They are actively ignoring life and they’re actively campaigning against pro-life Republicans on an issue that the Church is not even fully backing. For what cause? To support pro-abortion Democrat Representatives and Senators?
According to Catholic Church teachings, capital punishment is a fuzzy, grey line, while abortion is a bright shining line of evil, yet the bishops did not call one press conference to stand for life during the 2015 or 2016 regular legislative sessions. With scandals breaking at UNM regarding abortion, and a criminal referral handed to the New Mexico Attorney General, another national headline story, regarding UNM’s abortion practices, the bishops have yet to make a statement.
Where was outrage from Archbishop Wester when the Dean of UNM Health Science Center Paul Roth admitted, in a story that went viral and was covered by national media, that babies brains were dissected in front of high school students at a “summer camp.”
There has been no effort by Archbishop Wester to stop this, “Culture of Death” that results in babies killed. There were no press conferences screaming of “blasphemy.” There were no charges of “abomination” from the bishops when it came to saving babies from abortion, an issue that is clearly against the Church’s teachings.
Shouldn’t we take the protection of all life seriously, not just that of convicted criminals who would be faced with options such as the life prison sentence and the death penalty. Shouldn’t we seek to protect the lives of innocent children?!