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Death PenaltyThe death penalty is one of the great moral issues facing our country,
yet most people rarely think about it, and very few of us take the time
to delve deeply enough into this issue to be able to make an informed
decision about it.
The Congregation of St. Joseph, through the work of dedicated sisters like Helen Prejean, CSJ, and through our sponsored ministry, Ministry Against the Death Penalty (MDAP), seeks to provide that information as a means to end the death penalty as a form of corporal punishment in this country.
|Dead Man Walking|
Sister Helen's book Dead Man Walking, which inspired the motion picture starring Susan Sarandon as Sister Helen, and Sean Penn as convicted killer Patrick Sonnier to whom she ministered and ultimately accompanied to the electric chair. Click here for more information.
“Hmm, I thought, as I opened the book
with the formidable title. Let’s see what this nun has to say about the
death penalty. The subtitle stated it was an ‘eyewitness’ account, so I
was hoping the book would be an unvarnished account of the complex
realities surrounding the death penalty, rather than sugar-coated and
pietistic. My friend had been right: I did lose sleep. I couldn’t put
the book down. It galvanized me.”
- Susan Sarandon, from her afterword to the 20th anniversary edition
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