Pope Francis Confronts The Death Penalty, Criminal Justice
On Thursday, Pope Francis addressed a joint session of Congress as part of his first visit to the United States.
During his prepared remarks to the Senate and the House of Representatives, the Holy Father discussed abolishing the death penalty and criminal justice reform.
The Pontiff began his comments regarding the death penalty and criminal justice saying, “The Golden Rule also reminds us of our responsibility to protect and defend human life at every stage of its development.”
His Holiness continued, “This conviction has led me, from the beginning of my ministry, to advocate at different levels for the global abolition of the death penalty. I am convinced that this way is the best, since every life is sacred, every human person is endowed with an inalienable dignity, and society can only benefit from the rehabilitation of those convicted of crimes.”
“Recently my brother bishops here in the United States renewed their call for the abolition of the death penalty. Not only do I support them, but I also offer encouragement to all those who are convinced that a just and necessary punishment must never exclude the dimension of hope and the goal of rehabilitation.”
NewsOne Now panelist A. Scott Bolden explained politicians are struggling with Pope Francis’ stance on many issues regardless of party affiliation.
Bolden told Roland Martin, host of NewsOne Now that as a result of the Holy Father using “soft power,” speaking with integrity and authenticity, “world leaders who have bombs and go to war and have economic and all the trappings of wealth and power have a hard time dealing” with the Pontiff.
Cell Phone Video Captures Cops Shooting And Killing A Black Man In A Wheelchair
“We are concerned with how police engage communities of color … in particular adding the layer of mental illness and then we’re also concerned with police officers who feel it their primary option to execute Black bodies in urban spaces without any other attempt to do something different than the execution of those individuals …” –
A standoff between a wheelchair-bound man and Delaware police officers ended tragically when the disabled man was shot to death Wednesday afternoon.
On Friday’s edition of TV One’s NewsOne Now, Roland Martin and the discussion panel featuring former RNC Chair Michael Steele, Joia Jefferson Nuri and A. Scott Bolden analyzed the disturbing video capture at the scene asking was there no other way to de-escalate this situation. Did Delaware police have to shoot and kill 28-year-old Jeremy McDole?
Jeb Bush Says Messages Of “Hope,” Not “Free Stuff,” Will Appeal To Black Voters
Roland S. Martin spoke with Former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele about Republican Presidential candidate Jeb Bush’s comments regarding his hopes to receive more of the Black vote through “hope and not free stuff”. Panelist Community Strategist Joia Jefferson-Nuri chimed in on the discussion saying she “resents the idea of all conservatives or anybody who thinks what they are doing to African-Americans is giving us free stuff.”
“That’s what’s been brewing within the GOP for the last 15, 20 years. It is scripted with where the country is which is why the party is so out of step. It repeats missteps over and over. This narrative we have now about the Black community and the outreach effort is a canard in so many ways. Examples we have seen demonstrates how disconnected the party is. The idea of connected with Black folks is one thing. Actually doing it, well, this is what we get. You need to understand what you said and why it was nuts. I have said it. I have had an open invitation…If you don’t come to talk to Black people and hear from Black people you will never actually connect with Black people.” –Former RNC Chairman, Michael Steele
All that and more in this edition of the NewsOne Now Audio Podcast