Church Holding Events to Fight Capital Punishment
Pohl, Laura Zahn, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Laura Zahn Pohl Daily Herald Correspondent
For the past several years, the bells at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Naperville have rung certain evenings at 8 p.m., signifying that someone had been executed the day before for a crime in the United States.
The members of Pax Christi St. Thomas are passionate about their position against capital punishment, and this month they are sponsoring two events designed to further educate parish members and the public about the issue.
Jennifer Bishop-Jenkins and her husband, Bill Jenkins, will talk about their personal and devastating experiences with the murder of family members and their commitment to oppose gun violence and the death penalty at 7 p.m. Thursday at the church, 1500 Brookdale Road, Naperville.
The Pax Christi group also will present the documentary "Deadline" at 7 p.m. Oct. 26 at the church. The film explores the decision by former Illinois Gov. George Ryan to establish a moratorium on the state's death penalty and grant clemency to Death Row inmates.
"We timed these events to coincide with Amnesty International's World Day against the Death Penalty 2005, which was Oct. 10," said John Bagley of Naperville, a member of Pax Chrisi at the parish.
The group seeks to protect and promote human rights and opposes the death penalty, war and domestic violence, including child abuse, spouse abuse and elder abuse. …