[Hpn] Fw: Tony Hearn asks Austin Bishop to Seek End to Death Penalty in Texas

Bill Tinker wtinker@fcgnetworks.net
Sat, 27 May 2000 23:44:30 -0400


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A Brother
Bill
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----- Original Message -----
From: Tony Hearn <thearn@thewestgategazette.com>
To: Bill Tinker <wtinker@fcgnetworks.net>
Sent: Saturday, May 27, 2000 11:52 PM
Subject: Tony Hearn asks Austin Bishop to Seek End to Death Penalty in Texas


> Well, Bill, I have finally re-surfaced after some trying times. I had a
> problem with my health -- my ticker has been acting up -- and I have
> been forced to curtail much of my activity.  However, an AP story today
> has prompted me to make an appeal to our local Catholic bishop to
> buttonhole George W. about the death penalty here. Try to give this the
> widest play as I am off the different web boards and chat sites. I am
> not on the local bishop's list of respectable persons. He wrote me off
> for my activism years ago. I am a pain in his backside. Let's see if he
> tries to ignore me on this.
>
>
> Activist Asks Catholic Bishop in Austin, Texas, to Seek Death Sentence
> Moratorium from Gov. George W. Bush.
>
> May 27, 2000
>
> Dear Bishop McCarthy:
>
> As bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Austin with your cathedral
> throne and your chancery office within short strolls from the Capitol of
> Texas and Governor's Mansion, you have the easy and unique opportunity
> to appeal in person to your neighbor, Governor George W. Bush, to
> declare a moratorium on state-sponsored executions which make our state
> the nation's number one killer of criminals.
>
> I call upon you to do this immediately while Gov. Bush is publicly
> campaigning for support from Catholics in his candidacy for President of
> the United States. As you know, Governor Bush is a strong advocate of
> the Texas death penalty, and he has ignored pleas for commutations of
> death sentences from many humane leaders including our Holy Father, Pope
> John Paul II.
>
> You are no doubt aware that your brother in the episcopacy, Cardinal
> Roger M. Mahony, head of the archdiocese of Los Angeles, has appealed to
> California Governor Gray Davis, as reported today by the Associated
> Press, to place a moratorium on executions in California and conduct a
> study on how the death penalty is carried out in his state. He suggested
> that Gov. Davis follow the lead of Illinois Governor George Ryan who
> earlier this year set a moratorium on executions after 13 death row
> inmates were exonerated.
>
> I am not aware of any public comments by you requesting that Gov. Bush
> consider changing his stance on the Texas death penalty. However, if you
> have made an appeal in the past, now is the time to renew your request.
> If you have not made an appeal, it is now time to catch up with Cardinal
> Mahony. It is the "Catholic" thing to do, influential Church leaders are
> saying publicly. As Governor Bush's bishop, you have the legitimate
> "bully pulpit" to catch this Methodist's attention.
>
> In my estimation, a prayer for our Governor, our Legislature, and our
> people to make a careful re-evaluation of our state's attitude and
> behavior about ending human life, even the life of a convicted murderer,
> needs to be offered at the coming Feast of Pentecost celebration here in
> Austin to be attended by so many leading Catholics of Texas.
>
> The right to life must be extended to everyone, even to the condemned.
> Only God has the right to take a life. You know this is basic Catholic
> teaching. It needs to be re-iterated publicly without equivocation by
> you at this opportune time to the man who is seeking to become our
> nation's chief executive.
>
> Sincerely,
>
>
> Tony Hearn
> Austin, Texas
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