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  •  In what sense is the Pope a "local"? (0+ / 0-)

    He pleaded more than once for commutation.

    The Vatican added its support this week for commuting Davis' sentence to life in prison without parole.

    A U.S. envoy for Pope Benedict XVI, the leader of 1.1 billion Roman Catholics worldwide, sent a letter urging state officials to consider the special circumstances in the case, specifically that Davis' "conviction was not based on any physical evidence, and the murder weapon was never found."

    "The pope continually exhorts all people, and especially those men and women who serve in government, to recognize the sacredness of all human life," wrote Monsignor Martin Krebs. "I reiterate the commitment of the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, to uphold the sacredness and dignity of all human life, and I hope that you will give heed to his petition."
    Jason Ewart, an appeal attorney for Davis, said he was upbeat about the pope's involvement.

    "I think most people could discern that the pope is against all loss of life. He's an abolitionist when it comes to the death penalty," Ewart said. "But you don't hear his name associated with every death penalty case. I think he came out on this case because it's an example of a needless loss of life."

    2007 link, bold added
    Despite a last-ditch appeal to the United States Supreme Court and calls for clemency from dignitaries like Jimmy Carter and Pope Benedict XVI, Troy Davis was executed in Georgia today.
    2011 link

    Sticking your fingers in your ears and yelling "la, la, la, I can't hear you" does not actually mean that no one is speaking.

    •  Nice try (0+ / 0-)
      "The pope blahblah all people, blahblah all human life," wrote Monsignor Martin Krebs. "I reiterate blahblah to yukkayukka all human life, and I hope barfbarfbarf."
      -- No mention of Troy Davis.
      -- No direct mention of murder being against Catholic voodoo doctrine.
      -- Martin Krebs ≠ the Pope, who did take time out of his busy schedule {allegedly screwing his alleged boyfriend} to bitch and moan about the Birth Control Bruhaha directly more than once, instead of sending a flunkie to read a statement.  
      -- oblique lip service statement of general principle ≠ direct condemnation {cf birth control bruhaha}

      So while Herr Krebs is exhorting, recognizing, reiterating, hoping, and heeding without mentioning an actual murder of a living non-fetus that was planned and publicized well in advance, Troy Davis didn't even rate a mention from His Holeyness.
      Nice try.

      "Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction." - Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), Pensées, #894.

      by maf1029 on Sun Feb 19, 2012 at 06:46:20 PM PST

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