A grassroot's organization striving to break the cycle of violence through faith base studies and active direct action, non-violent peacemaking.
Pax Christi - Brownsville
At the corner of Paredes Ln. and 802, from 5:30pm to 6:15pm.
We meet each time there is an execution in our name.
Bill Passes Texas House
The Texas House passed House Bill 8 by a vote of 118 to 23. Among other things, the bill would expand the death penalty to repeat child sex offenders, even if no life is taken. The bill is also known as "Jessica's Law"
Our main topic of study and action in 2007 has been the abolition of the Death Penalty in Texas, though we also continue our efforts to end the war now, and for just immigration reform.
Since February 7, we hold a prayer vigil to protest the death penalty each time an execution is scheduled in Texas. A white cross with name and date is added at each successive execution. We try to publicize these vigils through all the local parishes and are pleased that people are joining us.
We are in the process of gathering names for a petition for a moratorium to the death penalty in Texas.
A “second annual” day of reflection and prayer is planned for March. Local peace-activist, Father Armand Mathew, OMI, will lead us in reflecting on nonviolence. Participants will be invited to make or renew the vow of nonviolence in the context of the Eucharist. A shared meal will be part of the day.
By the end of March we will have given three-minute pulpit-talks about Pax Christi after Sunday Masses in three city parishes. Posters with Pax Christi flyers “for the taking” are then placed in these churches.
The Roman Empire was well known for its brutality, they were good at killing people. They incarcerated and executed Jesus. Two thousand years later, Texas has become the new Roman Empire by promoting public terrorism with its frequent executions.
Pax Christi in a Vigil against Death Penalty
Currently, over 3500 people are on death row. Over 600 have been executed since 1976. Capital punishment in the US, as evidence shows, is often administered in a manner which targets minorities and allows innocents to be executed. Crime rates in different countries and states suggest that the threat of excecution has no effect on capital crimes.