Last updated on: 5/2/2013 | Author: ProCon.org

Raymond A. Schroth, SJ Biography

Title:
Jesuit Priest and Professor of the Humanities at St. Peter's College
Position:
Con to the question "Should the Death Penalty Be Allowed?"
Reasoning:

“The traditional justification for both the death penalty and just war is the right of self-defense. That is the only justification. Not that the killer is someone who, as a killer, ‘deserves to die.’ He remains a human being with a right to die only when God calls him.”

“On One Thing Obama is Wrong,” nj.com, Feb. 29, 2008

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Jesuit Priest, 1967-present
  • Professor of the Humanities at St. Peter’s College, 1997-present
  • Assistant Dean, Fordham College, Rose Hill, 2003
  • Professor, Loyola University at New Orleans, 1986-1996
  • Named, Journalism Educator of the Year, Southeast Journalism Conference, 1995
  • Will and Ariel Durant Chair in the Humanities, St. Peter’s College, 1985-1986
  • Former Academic Dean, Rockhurst College
  • Former Academic Dean, College of the Holy Cross
  • Former Director, Matteo Ricci Society
  • Ordained Jesuit Priest, 1967
  • Joined, Society of Jesus, 1957
  • Former Antiaircraft Artillery Officer, United States Army
  • Published articles in the Columbia Journalism Review, Commonweal, America, National Catholic Reporter, Los Angeles Times, New York Newsday, Kansas City Star, Newark Star Ledger, The Boston Globe, and NJVoices.com
Education:
  • PhD, American Thought and Culture, George Washington University, 1967
  • SJ (Society of Jesus), Fordham University and Woodstock College
  • Attended, Fordham University
Other:
  • Although ProCon.org normally adds all earned advanced degrees after the individual’s name, Rev. Schroth specifically asked to exclude it from his title and we obliged.
Quoted in:
  1. Should Executions Be Made Public?
  2. Should the Death Penalty Be Used for Retribution?