Sister Mary's Justice Notes | June 6

CSJ Justice Notes: June 6, 2018
Why Canonization is Right for Oscar Romero, a True Christian Martyr
At times, Archbishop Oscar Romero was a lonely voice in the struggle affecting El Salvador. The powerful upper class, who considered themselves good Catholics, strongly opposed his support of the poor and his opposition to the government, which was strongly opposed to communism. The majority of other bishops in El Salvador disagreed with him as being too political and supporting the communists. On March 24, 1980, while presiding at Mass, Romero was assassinated. For the people of El Salvador, Romero was a saint even before he was assassinated. The date for his canonization has been set for Oct. 14 in Rome. Fr. Charles E. Curran, the Elizabeth Scurlock University Professor of Human Values at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, offers his take on why Oscar Romero should be considered a true Christian martyr and is worthy of canonization. Read more here.

California Bishops Write: ‘The Mental Health Care System is Broken’
The Catholic bishops of California recently released a pastoral letter on the care of those who struggle with mental illness. “The mental health care system in California is broken,” the bishops write. “Our jails and prisons – indeed, our city streets – are filled with individuals who suffer from mental illness….This is unacceptable.” More information.

Keep Immigrant Families Together 
Migrant families who are escaping various forms of violence and persecution in their homeland are being cruelly separated at the U.S. border. Children are vulnerable and should not be taken from their parents.   Justice for Immigrants urges us to tell Congress to prevent DHS from separating families at the border and to propose more humane solutions, such as alternatives to detention. For more information, click here.
Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange 100 Days of Prayer
The weekly edition of 100 Days of Prayer is offered by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange. Use these prayers as part of your daily reflection. Find the prayers here.

House Easily Approves Defense Bill with New Nukes
The House overwhelmingly passed a $717 billion defense policy bill last week, despite concerns from some lawmakers over provisions that would endorse a new class of tactical nuclear weapons and seek cuts to a slew of Pentagon support agencies. Within that, $617 billion is dedicated to the base Pentagon budget and $22 billion would be authorized for nuclear weapons programs overseen by the Energy Department.  The vote was 351 to 66.  More here.

Premature Birth Rates Drop in California after Coal and Oil Plants Shut Down
Shutting down power plants that burn fossil fuel leads almost immediately to a reduction in premature birth in women living nearby, a new study says. Researchers looked at records of more than 57,000 births by mothers who lived near eight coal- and oil-fired power plants in California the year before the plants were shut down, and then the year after. Read more here.

Busing on the Lookout: A Trafficking Prevention Program
The trade organization of the intercity bus industry has decided to train its drivers on Busing on the Lookout - a program designed to prevent human trafficking. The training consists of watching a 30-minute video designed to alert drivers to the characteristics often shown by the victims. After viewing the video, drivers are given wallet cards to carry with them reminding them of what to look for and a number to call if they spot something unusual. Click here for more information.

The Government Is Filing Charges against More Migrants Than Ever Before
Over the last two decades, the federal government increasingly has utilized the criminal courts to punish people for immigration violations. Being charged with an entry-related offense imposes heavy costs on migrants since a conviction impedes current and future attempts to migrate lawfully or obtain asylum. Read more.

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