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10/12/2013 12:11:00 PM
St. Joseph's death penalty series continues
Fr. Todd Molinari
Fr. Todd Molinari

Father Todd Molinari kicked off the first of a series of six discussion groups on the death penalty last month in Salem. Father Molinari, pastor of St. Joseph Parish, covered Catholic teachings about the death penalty, offering a historical prospective of the changing views on the death penalty over the centuries.

In the second in the series on Oct. 10, Tom O’Connor, former head of Religious Services for the Oregon Department of Corrections, spoke and lead the discussion on “restorative justice” and “reconciliation.” O’Connor is a consultant to corrections officials in the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

The series will continue every other Thursday at 7 p.m. at the parish, which is near the Oregon Capitol. Future sessions, open to the public, will be on Oct. 24, causes and deterrents to violent crime and murder; Nov. 7, mistakes and racial bias in the administration of the death penalty; Nov 24, the impact on those called upon to perform an execution; December 5 will be a wrap-up and discussion about how Catholics can get involved in helping to repeal the Oregon death penalty.

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