Thursday, July 6, 2017

Capital punishment on the radio (UPDATED)

Joe Bessette and I will be doing a number of radio interviews in connection with our new book By Man Shall His Blood Be Shed: A Catholic Defense of Capital Punishment.  Yesterday I appeared on Kresta in the Afternoon, and you can find the interview here.  Today I appeared on The Mike Janocik Show to discuss the theological side of the issue.  Joe will appear on the show next week to discuss the social scientific aspects of the issue. 

Many further radio appearances are scheduled for next week and beyond.  Stay tuned.

Interested readers will find links to past interviews, radio appearances, and video here.

UPDATE 7/9: For readers who might be interested, here are the appearances scheduled this week for Feser and/or Bessette:

Monday, July 10:

The Kyle Heimann Show, 8:30 am (Feser)

Tuesday, July 11:

Catholic Connection with Teresa Tomeo, 6:39 am (Feser)

Catholic Answers, 9:30 am (Feser)

A Closer Look with Sheila Liaugminas, 3 pm (Bessette)

Wednesday, July 12:

Morning Glory with Brian Patrick, 7:30 am (Feser)

Live Hour with Todd Sylvester, 8:00 am (Feser)

Friday, July 14:

Bill Martinez Live, 8:06 am (Feser and Bessette)

America Talks Live, 11:00 am (Feser)

The Drew Mariani Show, 2:00 pm (Feser debate with Msgr. Stuart Swetland)

After this week, Bessette is scheduled for Meet the Author with Ken Huck at 12:00 pm on Thursday, July 27, and Feser will be appearing on The Patrick Coffin Show later this summer.  Stay tuned for news of further appearances.


  1. Ed, I asked Justin Brierley from Unbelievable! The UK radio show to have you on and to my surprise he said he tried a few times! (But your schedules never matched up).

    If that ever happens, it will bw awesome!

  2. Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you.

  3. Ed:

    What's your secret to finding the photos for your post? Any of them scans from your personal collection of comics?


  4. Catholic answers at 9:30 am? Is that on Catholic Answers live or Focus? Catholic Answers Live is at 6 pm to 8 pm Easter Time (3 pm Pacific. I don't think Focus is recorded live.

  5. Feser debate with Msgr. Stuart Swetland?

  6. are all those radio programs going to be recorded?

  7. Wow, looks like a busy week! I don't know how you do it all.

    Kyle Heimann is a distant cousin of mine, so I'm looking forward to tuning in.


  8. Oh my goodness -- I can't wait for the debate tomorrow with Msgr. Stuart Swetland. I find that while I will disagree with Msgr. on various political issues, he is a good and faithful son of the church and his theology is solid (at least many of the answers he gives to the kinds of questions he gets on "Go Ask Your Father", a radio show he'll host from time to time, seem orthodox to me.)

    I wish you both well and look forward to an excellent debate!!!

  9. Mid-stream:

    Well, I don't know anything about Msgr. Stuart Swetland, but if he generally holds what he presents today in his remarks, his notion of reformability of Church doctrine is unworkable. He thinks Church doctrine "develops" by changing from thinking X is morally approved to morally proscribed, indeed intrinsically wrong. Well, I don't know how he defends magisterial infallibility, because he just blows it up right and left.

  10. He goes on and on about slavery, but for most of history "slavery" did not generically mean "chattel slavery" so the word covers a broader category than is today mean. So the Church's condemnation of the narrow meaning is not the same thing as what it permitted a long time ago.

  11. The Catholic Answers Focus interview is now up. Good discussion.

    I bit the financial bullet and bought both Aquinas and By Man Shall His Blood Be Shed: A Catholic Defense of Capital Punishment.

    I'm particularly interested in the intro to natural law. Cy's plug pushed me over the edge. I also want to see if there are any studies that support the assertion that potential killers refrained from killing in a state with the death penalty. How could one know that? Did they intentionally stalk the victim to from one state to another?

    1. do any punishments really cause people to refrain from doing anything wrong?

      Do we have any proof that potential rapists refrained from raping because we told them they'd go to prison if they did it?

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    3. and if the threat of going to prison discouraged people from committing crimes, would the threat of death also?

  12. Msgr. Stuart Swetland is pure emotion and he should shut up he is not listen to Ed and does not let him speak!

  13. BTW I think prof Ed should make a post on slavery and the other counterexamples Stuart gave