Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Post election

By Bishop Gerald Barnes
Diocese of San Bernardino

Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I would like to offer my sincere thanks to all those in our diocese who worked to promote passage of the state ballot propositions, Prop 34 and Prop 35, supported by the Bishops of California that were put to a vote of the people on Nov. 6. In our sustained and vocal advocacy for these propositions we answered God’s call to promote human dignity and to turn away from violence.

We are grateful to God that voters recognized the terrible scourge of human trafficking and passed Prop 35, which we hope will reduce the incidence of this crime and sin. Despite our efforts, Prop 34 was narrowly defeated and so the death penalty remains legal in California. While we are certainly disappointed, we must resolve to continue our work to abolish the death penalty and promote a consistent ethic of life. Please join me in continuing to pray for the families of murder victims and for our incarcerated brothers and sisters and their families. We ask God to bring to our society a spirit of reconciliation and non-violence.