Tag Archives: death penalty

CAPITAL PUNISHMENT

 ST NICHOLAS HALTS AN EXECUTION

St Nicholas stopping executions
St Nicholas stopping executions

BISHOP DEMETRIOS ATTENDS SIGNING OF DEATH PENALTY ABOLITION BILL IN ILLINOIS

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Capital Punishment: Points to Consider by Jim Forest

Blessed are the Meek: Capital Punishment and the Gospel by Fr. Thomas Mueller

St Nicholas Halts an Execution by Jim Forest

Regarding the Church’s opposition to capital punishment by Fr. Ted Bobosh

A bishop’s opposition to capital punishment by Bishop Seraphim of Ottawa

The Voice of the Victim by Fr. Jacques-Jude Lepine

Doing Justice, Loving Mercy by Catherine Brockenborough

Assessing the Death Penalty: Let the Punishment Fit the Time by Danny Abbott

Bishop Demetrios Attends Signing of Death Penalty Abolition Bill in Illinois by Maria A. Karamitsos

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Jurisdictional Statements

In “Bases of the Social Concept of the Russian Orthodox Church” adopted by the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church, the death penalty is condemned, in part because it denies the criminal the opportunity for repentance:

http://orthodoxeurope.org/page/3/14.aspx

The Orthodox Church in America condemned capital punishment without exception at its All American Council held in St. Louis in 1989:

http://yya.oca.org/TheHub/Articles/TheChurchonCurrentIssues/CapPunish.htm

Statements from Church Hierarchs

Patriarch Alexei likens the death penalty to premeditated murder:

http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/jim_forest/webdoc5.htm

Patriarch of Georgia condemns death penalty:

http://www.geplac.org/publicat/law/archives/glr99q1q2e.pdf , see also

Metropolitan Herman of the Orthodox Church in America issued statement condemning capital punishment, euthanasia and capital punishment in January 2005:

http://www.oca.org/news/724

Metropolitan Evangelos of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese applauded the State of New Jersey for being the first state to abolish the death penalty since its reinstatement in the 1970s:

Http://www.hellenicnews.com/readnews.html?newsid=7812%E2%8C%A9=US

Archbishop of Athens Christodoulos condemned capital punishment and calls for its abolition. See

http://www.bc.edu/research/cjl/meta-elements/texts/cjrelations/resources/articles/christodoulos.htm

Various Bishops condemn capital punishment

Archbishop of Ottawa and Canada (OCA) condemns capital punishment.

http://www.orthodoxresearchinstitute.org/articles/ethics/seraphim_capital_punishment.htm

Bishop Demitrios (GOA) condemns capital punishment.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chicago/chi-0612080312dec08,0,7764178.story

Other Orthodox condemnations of capital punishment

Pan-Orthodox Sanctity of Life Prayer Service at St. George Antiochian Church condemns capital punishment, euthanasia, and abortion. See http://www.romarch.org/news.php?id=1540 . In attendance were His Eminence Metropolitan Iakovos from the Greek Metropolis of Chicago, His Eminence Archbishop Nicolae, and His Grace Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos.

— this list of links is a work in progress; the page editor is Danny Abbott.

Bishop Demetrios Attends Signing of Death Penalty Abolition Bill in Illinois

by Maria A. Karamitsos

From: http://usa.greekreporter.com/2011/03/11/bishop-demetrios-attends-signing-of-death-penalty-abolition-bill/

Posted on 11 March 2011
On March 9, Governor Pat Quinn signed legislation to end the death penalty in Illinois. In attendance was Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos, Chancellor of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago, and spiritual advisor to the last prisoner executed in the state. Bishop Demetrios praised the decision of the Governor to sign the bill and commute the remaining sentences of 15 death-row inmates as a victory for all Illinois citizens and a major moral accomplishment.

“This is not only a political and legal achievement, but a spiritual triumph of the conscience for all those opposed to capital punishment,” His Grace said in a statement.

Bishop Demetrios is a staunch advocate for abolition of the death penalty, and has worked tirelessly in this effort. He was spiritual advisor to Andrew Kokaraleis, the last prisoner executed in1999. Following Kokaraleis’ execution, Bishop Demetrios became more active in the movement to end the death penalty. He has served as President of the Illinois Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty and is still a member.

Following Kokaraleis’ execution, and well-publicized exonerations of death-row prisoners, Governor Ryan announced a moratorium on the death penalty and commuted many sentences. The moratorium continued under Gov. Blagojevich. Bishop Demetrios has remained active in the effort to make the moratorium permanent. Now that effort moves forward.
The bishop praised Gov. Quinn. “On behalf of the leader of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago, Metropolitan Iakovos, and all our faithful, we may give thanks for this major change in public policy.Yet the struggle for justice and the sanctity of all life is not over. Illinois is just one of 16 states that have abolished the death penalty, so there is much work yet to be done in our nation and, indeed, around the world.”  He noted that the Metropolis of Chicago spans six Midwestern states, and he pledged to continue working for abolition, specifically in Indiana and Missouri, “so that along with Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota, every state where we have parishes will be death-penalty free.”

From: http://usa.greekreporter.com/2011/03/11/bishop-demetrios-attends-signing-of-death-penalty-abolition-bill/