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    Thursday, May 10, 2007

    We killed this guy

    He asked one pizza be donated as his final wish. The scruffy prison bosses said no, we don't do that.

    It got done anyway.


    Hundreds of homeless people in Nashville, Tennessee, ate well Wednesday evening -- all in the name of a man who the state put to death just hours earlier.

    Philip Workman, 53, requested that his final meal be a vegetarian pizza donated to any homeless person located near Riverbend Maximum Security Institution. He was executed there at 2 a.m. ET Wednesday.

    But prison officials refused to honor his request, saying that they do not donate to charities.
    That apparently upset a few people willing to pay for and deliver a lot of pies themselves.
    Homeless shelters across Nashville were inundated with donated pizzas all Wednesday.
    "I was like, 'Wow, Jesus!' " said Marvin Champion, an employee of Nashville's Rescue Mission, which provides overnight shelter, food and assistance to more than 800 homeless people a night.


    Anonymous bill bannon said...

    Too much is left out to empathize intelligently. Did he ever apologize to the family of the policeman he murdered? The reason he is being killed in accordance with Romans 13:4 and in accordance with Pope Pius XII's 1952 endorsement of the death given little print so that a young reader sees none of the pain he caused to loved ones....the effect on young readers is somewhat like listening to Bob Marley sing " I Shot the Sheriff ".

    May 16, 2007  
    Blogger Joseph said...

    Thanks for the comment Bill.

    Yes you are right, it is hard to empathize intelligently. To empathize as a Christian is the task at hand.

    May 17, 2007  
    Anonymous bill bannon said...

    So that would mean empathize like Christ... who though He rescinded the death penalty for Pentateuchal personal sin law (the woman caught in adultery) did not object to Pilate using the death penalty but objected to Pilate using it against an innocent when Christ said to Pilate who had just noted that he, Pilate, had the power of life and death over Christ... " You would have no power over me at all were it not given you from above."
    What did Christ mean by such power being given Pilate from above? Christ was referring to Gen.9:6 which was not addressed simply to Jews but to the Gentiles also in the persons of Ham and Japheth... " If anyone sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed; For in the image of God has man been made."
    Go to the 39th section of Evangelium Vitae and watch John Paul comment on that verse. You'll notice something very saw the first half of the sentence and left it out of EV. Go to section 40 and you'll see the answer: modern trends in biblical scholarship allowed him to see a Divine command as unrefined Jewish culture. He made the identical mistake in his moving against husband headship in Dignitatem Mulieris, sect.24, par.3&4 and and the Theology of the Body section 89.3-4 which are both on line.
    Since we are a culture always in defense and too often writing in praise of ourselves as we lecture the world, we do not notice these things at all through our major organs. Were we in a more healthy state, at least three Cardinals would have written in some prominent venue respectfully disagreeing with John Paul on these two noted issues and on his approach to voiding passages in Scripture (the New Testament has 5 besides Ephesians on husband headship which John Paul again leaves out and simply refers to eliptically since they went against his idea).

    May 17, 2007  

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