Conversation with Sister Helen Prejean

dead manA free campus event featuring advocate and prison minister Sister Helen Prejean, author of the national bestseller Dead Man Walking, will be held in Robsham Theater from 6-9 p.m on October 9 . The evening will begin with a screening of the film “Dead Man Walking” –starring Oscar winners Sean Penn and Susan Sarandon–followed by a conversation with Sr. Helen. She will talk about her life’s work ministering to offenders and their families, and explore ways that the Catholic Church does and can reach out to the marginalized in our society. Seating will be first-come, first-served, with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. Co-sponsors: The Church in the 21st Century Center and the School of Theology and Ministry.

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One Response to Conversation with Sister Helen Prejean

  1. dudleysharp says:

    10/5/2014

    Fact checking welcome and encouraged

    To: Students, Professors & Administration, School of Theology and Ministry, Boston College
    and
    ARCHDIOCESE OF BOSTON

    RE: Dead Man Walking: A Conversation with Sr. Helen Prejean , October 9, Boston College – Robsham Theater, Chestnut Hill Campus

    From: Dudley Sharp

    Sister Helen Prejean: A Critical Review
    Dudley Sharp

    The parents of rape/torture/murder victim Loretta Bourque, a “Dead Man Walking” Case

    ” . . .makes you realize the Dead Man Walking truly belongs on the shelf in the library in the Fiction category.”

    “Being devout Catholics, ‘the norm’ would be to look to the church for support and healing. Again, this need for spiritual stability was stolen by Sister Prejean.” (1)
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    Case Detective Michael Vernado, in the rape/torture/murder of Faith Hathaway, a Dead Man Walking Case

    “I wouldn’t have had as much trouble with (Prejean’s) views if she would have told the truth . . .” ” . . . (Sr. Prejean) based her book on what was in I guess a defense file and what (rapist/murderer) Robert Willie telling her.” (1)

    ” . . . she’s trying to mislead people in the book. And that’s something that she’s going have to work out with herself.” “(Sr. Prejean’s) certainly not after giving anybody spiritual advice to try to save their soul.” (1)
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    Sr. Prejean: “It is abundantly clear that the Bible depicts murder as a capital crime for which death is considered the appropriate punishment, and one is hard pressed to find a biblical ‘proof text’ in either the Hebrew Testament or the New Testament which unequivocally refutes this. Even Jesus’ admonition ‘Let him without sin cast the first stone,’ when He was asked the appropriate punishment for an adulteress (John 8:7) – the Mosaic Law prescribed death – should be read in its proper context. This passage is an ‘entrapment’ story, which sought to show Jesus’ wisdom in besting His adversaries. It is not an ethical pronouncement about capital punishment .” Dead Man Walking (2)
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    “(Sister Prejean) received nothing but a stony silence, however, when she questioned the basis of the biblical crucifixion story as a “projection of our violent society.” “Is this a God?” Prejean asked about the belief that God allowed his son, Jesus, to be sacrificed for the sins of humanity. “Or is this an ogre?” “The audience — to that point in strong agreement with the author of “Dead Man Walking” — said and did nothing.” (“God, ogre comparison doesn’t fly with interfaith crowd”, Paul A. Anthony, Rocky Mountain News, 03:35 p.m., August 24, 2008) (2)

    It is understandable that the audience was stunned. Sister Prejean is questioning the bedrock of the Christian faith.

    Appropriately, Pope Benedict XIV appears to rebuke her a few days later: “If to save us the Son of God had to suffer and die crucified, it certainly was not because of a cruel design of the heavenly Father. The cause of it is the gravity of the sickness of which he must cure us: an evil so serious and deadly that it will require all of his blood. In fact, it is with his death and resurrection that Jesus defeated sin and death, reestablishing the lordship of God.” (“It Is Not ‘Optional’ for Christians to Take Up the Cross”, 8/31/2008) http://www.zenit.org/article-23515?l=english (2)
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    DEATH OF TRUTH: (1&2)

    Book Review: “Sister Prejean’s Lack of Credibility: Review of “The Death of Innocents”, by Thomas M. McKenna (New Oxford Review, 12/05). http://www.newoxfordreview.org/reviews.jsp?did=1205-mckenna

    “The book is moreover riddled with factual errors and misrepresentations.”

    “Williams had confessed to repeatedly stabbing his victim, Sonya Knippers.”

    “This DNA test was performed by an independent lab in Dallas, which concluded that there was a one in nearly four billion chance that the blood could have been someone’s other than Williams’s.”

    ” . . . despite repeated claims that (Prejean) cares about crime victims, implies that the victim’s husband was a more likely suspect but was overlooked because the authorities wanted to convict a black man.”

    ” . . . a Federal District Court . . . stated that ‘the evidence against Williams was overwhelming.’ ” “The same court also did “not find any evidence of racial bias specific to this case.”
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    Prejean finds that THERE IS NO GREATER SUFFERING , MENTALLY, THAN BEING A GUILTY MURDERER ON DEATH ROW (1)

    Did she consider the mental suffering of a parent who lost their innocent daughter to a rape/murder or, possibly, the mental (and physical) suffering of that girl, as she was being raped and murdered?

    Of course the sister considered it and she made her choice – the murderer.
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    “(Sr. Prejean) remains convinced that if people could see the brutality of killing a human being, they might reconsider their support for the death penalty.” (3)

    REPLY: See the pattern? Sr. Prejean is talking of the peaceful execution of the guilty murderers, not the incredible brutality of the murder of the innocent victims. That is Sr, Prejean’s norm (3).

    1) Sister Helen Prejean: A Critical Review
    http://prodpinnc.blogspot.com/2013/04/sister-helen-prejean-critical-review.html

    2) Sister Helen Prejean & the death penalty: A Critical Review
    http://homicidesurvivors.candothathosting.com/2009/05/04/sister-helen-prejean-the-death-penalty-a-critical-review/

    3) Sr. Helen Prejean: “Botched” Nun
    http://prodpinnc.blogspot.com/2014/09/sr-helen-prejean-rebutted-again.html

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