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Catholic Cadillac!
(drawn and designed by Andrew Williams, sonofmonks.tumblr)

From a while back

sonofmonks:

Catholic Cadillac!

(drawn and designed by Andrew Williams, sonofmonks.tumblr)

From a while back

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Lord of the Rings on the Death Penalty

What can Gandalf teach us about the death penalty?

"Deserves (death)! I daresay he does. Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgment. For even the very wise cannot see all ends. I have not much hope that Gollum can be cured before he dies, but there is a chance of it." (Tolkien)

There are several reasons to allow the death penalty:

  • Do governments have a right to use it, for self-defense, in principle? In present circumstances in the US?

    • Yes; in cases where the govt. has no other means available to protect society against the aggressor

    • No; currently the US has available means to protect itself without taking the life of the perpetrator (prison/jail/hospital/etc.)

  • Do governments have the right to use it for punishment, for the sake of reform? Why or why not?

    • No; because it is not possible to lead a person to reform by killing them.

  • The death penalty: do governments have the right to use it for punishment, for the sake of deterrence? Why or why not?

    • No; there is no empirical evidence that shows that the threat of the death penalty deters violent crimes in practice.

  • The death penalty: do governments have a right to use it for punishment, for the sake of retribution? Why or why not?

    • No; retribution is only good when is restores order: the death penalty causes disorder and disrespect for life.

  • What are the two overarching reasons why the US bishops advocate entirely abolishing the death penalty?

    • The overarching goal of law is to build a culture of life:

      • Abolishing it would break the cycle of violence

      • Affirms the dignity of all human persons

      • Attests to shared Christian/Jewish/Islamic conviction: God is Lord of Life

      • Adheres better to Jesus’ example and teaching on forgiveness

    • Difficulties inherent in capital punishment:

      • An executed criminal cannot be reformed or compensate for the crime

      • Mistakes are possible, and have occured

      • Long & unavoidable delays create anxiety & uncertainty

      • Criminal’s family & friends, as well as executioners, experience anguish

      • Executions attract unhealthy publicity & acrimony

      • Death sentences are historically unfair & discriminatory

Let us pray for the abolishment of the Death Penalty in the United States. 

Sources:

"The Fellowship of the Ring", J.R.R. Tolkien

Personal Study Notes for Social Justice Class

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Never let a theatre make up artist do your wedding…

Never let a theatre make up artist do your wedding…

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Fat Tuesday!

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I designed this for our Catholic Pipe Smoking Club, the “Thurifers”.

The Phoenix is a symbol of fire, or Christ’s resurrection, and also of Chicago (where my school is)

The water references the lake that our school is on, and the latin is taken from Leviticus,  meaning “a pleasing/sweet odor to The Lord”

I designed this for our Catholic Pipe Smoking Club, the “Thurifers”.

The Phoenix is a symbol of fire, or Christ’s resurrection, and also of Chicago (where my school is)

The water references the lake that our school is on, and the latin is taken from Leviticus, meaning “a pleasing/sweet odor to The Lord”

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A new song from this past weekend, called “Dear James”. I wrote the song by writing out several memories and things I wanted to say to my friend James, and then just putting it to music. He will probably think it is really weird I wrote a song about him, but it is representational of several people, so he will hopefully forgive the use of his name and events,

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University of St. Mary of the Lake, Mundelein

University of St. Mary of the Lake, Mundelein

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"First Day of My Life", by Bright Eyes (Cover-Andrew Williams) - YouTube

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An original song inspired by a book of the same name by Graham Greene. 

Thanks to Phil and Fred for recording me.

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Is this a balanced breakfast?

Is this a balanced breakfast?

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A new and bigger version of the previous post.

A new and bigger version of the previous post.

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Two other class doodles. The circle with the square has the first words from the four gospels, and the animals that represent the four.

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