- Dec 9, 2019
The death penalty appeals to many people on a gut level. After someone has heard about a very violent crime, often the person feels that the death penalty is a just response. Marietta Jaeger-Lane, whose 7 year old daughter was murdered, felt that at first too. She explains how she came to change her mind on the issue and now even works to end the death penalty.
The lawsuit charges that in 2015, Bishop Michael Hoeppner pressured Ronald Vasek to sign a letter that recanted his previous statements alleging sexual abuse by a priest in 1971 when he was 16. The lawsuit claims this was motivated in part because the accused priest was unable to minister in other dioceses due to the abuse allegation in the diocese’s records.
It is significant that Pope Francis has taken a special interest in a shelter in Baton Rouge for victims of human trafficking as the state seems to be used by many traffickers. According to recent statistics, the I-10 corridor from Texas to Florida has been identified as the busiest trafficking corridor in the United States. During the Super Bowl, which was played in February, Houston police made 214 arrests related to trafficking.
A tornado on April 29 destroyed the parish church of St. John the Evangelist in Emory, Texas. The next day, they held Mass in the parish parking lot with 200 people attending. They offered it in thanksgiving that nobody in the parish was seriously injured.