“A lifetime of solidarity with the poorest of the poor”…Fr. Peter Hinde to receive Honorary Doctorate degree

Many of us in the border region and many more people in the US and all over
Latin America have had the privilege of meeting Father Peter Hinde and
Sister Betty Campbell of Casa Tabor. This is a wonderful recognition of a
lifetime of work and witness that continues every single day in their
barrio in Juarez. molly

“A lifetime of solidarity with the poorest of the poor”*

Fr. Peter Hinde to receive Honorary Doctorate degree

Fr. Peter Hinde, O.Carm, co-founder with Sr. Betty Campbell, RSM, of Tabor
House in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, and a co-founder of CRISPAZ, Cristianos/as
por la Paz en El Salvador<http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001plZJebL6Mipr_xBj0H6O2JJ2weSam79d49YPGR…>
, will receive an honorary Degree of Doctor of Divinity from Christian
Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, IN on May 12, 2012.

Quoting Marty Schladen of the El Paso Times, “Hinde, known now as Father
Peter, has gone from World War II fighter pilot to a member of Veterans for
Peace who comes to El Paso every Friday to protest U.S. military
involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan. He lives among and ministers to some
of Juarez’s poorest residents. And he argues that U.S. policies help keep
them poor.

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“Church’s ambiguous role… InSight Crime… NYTimes on Pope’s visit to Mexico + a few for background

Below are a couple of articles on narco-donations to Mexican churches
and on the scandal of Father Maciel and the Legionaries of Christ,
Carlos Slim and other Mexican billionaires.

Pope Arrives in Mexico, Lamenting Drug Violence

Mexican Church Takes a Closer Look at Donors

A Priest’s Legacy Survives, and Divides, in Mexico

I recommend this article from InSight Crime on both the dangers faced
by priests and other clergy and religious activists in Mexico as well
as the complicity between some church leaders and criminal
organizations. I personally know of one evangelical pastor in Juarez
who suffered numerous extortion demands and the murder of a son. I
have heard of many other church people of different faiths being
threatened and extorted. molly

The Church’s Ambiguous Role in Mexico Drug Violence