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John Dear Biography

Jesuit Priest for the Society of Jesus
Con to the question "Should the Death Penalty Be Legal?"

“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
  • Master, Sacred Theology, Graduate Theological Union, 1993
  • Master, Divinity, Graduate Theological Union, 1992
  • Graduate, magna cum laude, Duke University, 1981
  • 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?