Peace and Justice News
Join the Holy Spirit Peace and Justice Committee and others from around the area to demonstrate for peace on Wednesday, Aug. 16, from 4:30 to 6:00 pm, at the Corner of Nolana and Jackson in McAllen. These demonstrations will be occurring frequently at various locations. We will keep you posted.
Also, please join the Peace and Justice Committee and the Valley Coalition Against the Death Penalty on Thursday, Aug. 17, from 5:30 to 6:00 pm, at the South East corner of the courthouse in Edinburg, for a demonstration against the death penalty. At 6:00 there will be a short prayer vigil for Richard Hinojosa, who will be executed at that hour by the State of Texas. These demonstrations and vigils are held each time there is an execution by the State of Texas. We will keep you informed.
Click on the following link to view a comprehensive statement by the U.S. Roman Catholic Bishops calling for an end to the Death Penalty in the United States: http://www.usccb.org/sdwp/national/deathpenalty/dpstatements.shtml
What You Can Do
As part of the Catholic Campaign to End the Use of the Death Penalty you can:
Pray for victims of crime and their families, those who have been wrongly convicted, and those awaiting execution.
Learn about Catholic social teaching, U.S. criminal justice policies, and the policies in your state. Go to the web site listed above for more information about the death penalty.
Educate people in your parish or community about Catholic social teaching and the criminal justice system. Visit the web sites listed above for the Vatican and U.S. bishops’ statements on the death penalty, as well as statements from individual bishops and states Catholic Conferences.
Advocate by contacting your elected officials. Discuss Catholic teaching on the death penalty and what steps could be taken at the state and national level to curtail or end its use. To receive information on efforts regarding the death penalty at the national level or to link with a particular state’s efforts, visit the web site listed above.