Last updated on: 9/5/2017 | Author: ProCon.org

John Dear Biography

Title:
Jesuit Priest for the Society of Jesus
Position:
Con to the question "Should the Death Penalty Be Allowed?"
Reasoning:

“Capital punishment can claim nothing to commend it. It will not bring healing or justice or restitution. It offers no hope for a nonviolent society. It reinforces the heart-rending cycle of violence; it lays the burden of yet another murder. Execution gives death as social purpose ever greater sway… More, capital punishment is freighted with inconsistencies. Behind it lies an illogical maxim: we kill those who kill to show that killing is wrong. If we really believed that killing was wrong, the state would set an example; official killing would be banished.”

“Abolish the Death Penalty Now!”, National Catholic Reporter, June 17, 2008

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Jesuit Priest, 1982-present
  • Nominee, Nobel Peace Prize, 2008
  • Columnist, National Catholic Reporter, 2007-present
  • Director, Fellowship of Reconciliation, 1998-present
  • Adjunct Faculty, Theology, Fordham University, New York, 1997-1998
  • Priest, St. Aloysius’ Church, Washington, DC, 1993
  • Ordained, Catholic Priest, Roman Catholic Apostolic Church, 1993
  • Teacher, Scranton Prep High School, Scranton, PA, 1986-1988
Education:
  • Master, Sacred Theology, Graduate Theological Union, 1993
  • Master, Divinity, Graduate Theological Union, 1992
  • Graduate, magna cum laude, Duke University, 1981
Other:
  • Arrested on Dec. 7, 1993 at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro, NC, for hammering on an F15 nuclear bomber fighter jet.
Quoted in:
  1. Is the Death Penalty Immoral?