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Cardinal DiNardo, local religious leaders to talk about capital punishment
January 18, 2011

Houston bears the unfortunate distinction of being among cities leading the nation in sentencing convicts to die for their crimes, which will make tonight's must-attend event hosted by the Catholic Mobilization Network to End the Use of the Death Penalty even more compelling.

Preceding Houston Grand's opera's premiere of Jake Heggie's Dead Man Walking opening Saturday, Jan. 22 at the Wortham, six of Houston's leading religious leaders, including Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, will gather for an interfaith dialogue to discuss the religious, moral and social reasons for their positions on the death penalty.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has been fighting to end the use of the death penalty for more than 25 years. The Church condemns the practice in modern society as cruel and unnecessary.

Cardinal DiNardo will join Sr. Helen Prejean, an outspoken advocate for restorative justice and best-selling author of "Dead Man Walking: An Eye Witness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States," and United Methodist Bishop Janice Huie, Bishop Mike Rinehart of the Lutheran Synod, Rabbi David Lyon, Reverend Mike Cole of the Presbyterian Church and Reverend Harvey Clemons, Jr., who is Baptist, to discuss faith-based views of capital punishment.

Sr. Prejean and Vicki Schieber, a spokesperson for Murder Victims' Families for Human Rights, will moderate. The public will be allowed to participate during a question and answer session following the discussion.

The free event takes place at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 18 at the Hobby Center.

To attend the event, click here.
By Monica Hatcher
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