Helen Prejean


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  • ''... people are more than the worst thing they have ever done in their lives.''
    Helen Prejean (b. 1940), U.S. nun and activist against the death penalty. As quoted in the New York Times Magazine, p. 31 (May 9, 1993). Explaining her opposition to the death penalty and her commitment to ministering to the spiritual needs of death row inmates.
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  • ''The important thing is that when you come to understand something you act on it, no matter how small that act is. Eventually it will take you where you need to go.''
    Helen Prejean (b. 1940), U.S. nun and activist against the death penalty. As quoted in the New York Times Magazine, p. 31 (May 9, 1993). On her evolution into an activist, carrying out a ministry to both death row inmates and the families of their victims.
  • ''... if we believe that murder is wrong and not admissible in our society, then it has to be wrong for everyone, not just individuals but governments as well.''
    Helen Prejean (b. 1940), U.S. nun and activist against the death penalty. Dead Man Walking, ch. 6 (1993).
  • ''Allowing our government to kill citizens compromises the deepest moral values upon which this country was conceived: the inviolable dignity of human persons.''
    Helen Prejean (b. 1940), U.S. nun and activist against the death penalty. Dead Man Walking, ch. 9 (1993).

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