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Sister Helen Prejean Condemns The Politics Of “Administering Death”

Sister Helen Prejean’s memoir, River of Fire: My Spiritual Journey, reflects on relationships that shaped her relationship to spirituality, introduced her to activism against the death penalty, and challenged her spiritual vocation.


Sister Helen Prejean is renowned for her first book “Dead Man Walking,” about her work with death row inmates. It then became a film by the same name, starring Susan Sarandon as Sister Helen Prejean.


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Sister Helen Prejean joins us for the full hour to discuss her new book, "River of Fire: My Spiritual Journey," and how her life as a nun led to becoming a spiritual advisor for people on death row and fighting the death penalty.

After a 16 year hiatus, the Trump administration has carried out the most federal executions in modern history, with more to come before the end of December.

Prejean points to the slew of executions as evidence that the death penalty should be abolished.

“Human beings are too partially-seeing,” said Prejean. “Too ignorant, too politically driven, to be entrusted with something like administering death.”

Sister Helen also took questions from listeners regarding the Catholic church’s stance on the death penalty, the ethics of keeping inmates past their sentence due to COVID restrictions, and more.

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