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Shaky Peace: Catholics labor to lessen violence in Baltimore City
Catholic Review ^ | 4/25/14 | Elizabeth Lowe

Posted on 04/25/2014 11:07:25 AM PDT by Welchie25

On New Year’s Day, 48-year-old Frank Turner and his son, Anthony, 21, were shot and killed on a street in Southwest Baltimore.

The murders struck at the heart of Sharon Rock, a parishioner of St. Bernardine in West Baltimore. The victims were her relatives.

“I just pray every day that things and times will change,” said Rock, 55, who suspects that the Turners were murdered as retaliation over an alleged physical altercation.

Nineteen days after her family members died, Rock turned her pain into action and attended a prayer walk at St. Bernardine Church.

Prayer walks, which are held across the city, last less than an hour, but their spirit lingers.

“What it does is bring together the people who are interested in changing the way we live,” said Deacon Wardell Paul Barksdale, temporary administrator of St. Bernardine. “I look at them as an opportunity to do the walk that Jesus would be doing if he were here today.”

The Turners were two of the 44 people killed in the city between Jan. 1 and April 3, according to Baltimore Police.

The murder rate slowed from 26 in January to seven in March, the month with the fewest reported homicides in the city since 1983. While not on pace to repeat last year’s 235 homicides, the murder rate in the city is horribly disproportionate to surrounding jurisdictions.

The five counties in the Baltimore metropolitan area number nearly 2.1 million people. Thus far this year they have endured a combined 10 homicides. The city, with approximately 622,000 residents, has had more than four times as many.

Beyond St. Bernardine, what are Catholics in the Archdiocese of Baltimore doing to make the city more peaceful?

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; US: Maryland
KEYWORDS: baltimore; churches; peace; violence

1 posted on 04/25/2014 11:07:25 AM PDT by Welchie25
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To: Welchie25

Won’t happen.

And we all know why.


2 posted on 04/25/2014 11:15:04 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: Welchie25
Catholics in the Archdiocese of Baltimore doing to make the city more peaceful?

Voting out democrats?

Voting out public union goons?

Making it easier for law abiding citizens to own and use guns?

Put violent criminals in jail?

Stopping the government from being a sugar daddy and have children raised with a mother and a father?

3 posted on 04/25/2014 11:16:17 AM PDT by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: Welchie25

Interesting that you post only from a single source:

http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/by:welchie25/index?tab=articles


4 posted on 04/25/2014 11:40:34 AM PDT by humblegunner
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To: Welchie25

Further down in the article, a black woman implies the victims are to blame, and suggests more money & less racism is needed.


5 posted on 04/25/2014 11:42:04 AM PDT by PghBaldy (12/14 - 930am -rampage begins... 12/15 - 1030am - Obama's advance team scouts photo-op locations.)
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To: Welchie25

will any of these efforts stop the youth gangs who lay waste to our cities??


6 posted on 04/25/2014 11:49:32 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego (Im)
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To: Welchie25

There is only on way. And everyone knows whether they admit it or not.

But its not allowed to be talked about. Can’t say that.


7 posted on 04/25/2014 11:56:16 AM PDT by envisio (Its on like Donkey Kong!)
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To: envisio

The Church seems sincere in wanting to bring peace — perhaps if you were to share your plan we could all learn something from your ideas.


8 posted on 04/25/2014 12:08:47 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Welchie25

January is generally one of the lowest months for murders. Not much gang-banging going on out in the streets with those frigid temperatures.

If Baltimore scored 26 in January, July is going to be horrifying.


9 posted on 04/25/2014 12:26:49 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: BenLurkin

Well, it starts off with scatter bombs...


10 posted on 04/25/2014 12:52:04 PM PDT by envisio (Its on like Donkey Kong!)
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To: Welchie25; Abundy; Albion Wilde; AlwaysFree; AnnaSASsyFR; bayliving; BFM; Bigg Red; ...

Maryland “Freak State” PING!


11 posted on 04/25/2014 2:11:58 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (The PASSING LANE is for PASSING, not DAWDLING)
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To: 2banana
According to the HBO series The Wire not much can be done. Although the liberal authors never considered the citizen carry option.
12 posted on 04/26/2014 4:32:51 AM PDT by Jimmy Valentine's brother ("When leftists don’t get their way, they start shooting people and bombing buildings." - rr)
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