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When most people think of American Catholics, they might think of famous actors like Al Pacino or outstanding citizens with traditional, conservative beliefs There is the case with one respected American Catholic, Helen Prejean A woman who devoted her life to both the church and fighting for one specific belief with all of her heart: to abolish the death penalty in the U.S. Helen Prejean was born to a middle-class family in Louisiana in 1939. Her father was a lawyer and her mother was a nurse. Though both of her parents deal with helping others both legally and physically Helen went on to a different route By the time she was 18 years old she joined the church as a nun In 1982, at the request of a close friend, Sister Prejean began visiting the Louisiana State Prison in New Orleans and soon she was the spiritual advisor to several death-row inmates In doing so, she recognized inhumane flaws in the process This is also where she became especially close with one inmate, Elmo Patrick Sonnier Sister Prejean became his spiritual advisor and wrote a book about their death-row meetings and correspondence, Dead Man Walking She also said that the criminal justice system is racist and classist because more blacks and poor whites are convicted of capital sentence more than the others Today, Sister Prejean still advocated for the rights of convicted murderers on death row She now works at the Death Penalty Discourse Center in New Orleans and is still a public opponent of this traditional method of punishment Like the American Constitution, Catholicism is a living belief that is fluid and able to change with the times and public sentiment The church is still evolving its beliefs with newer data and a modernizing society Social justice fighters like Helen Prejean continue to help the church progress into the 21st century and teach the world that those with political beliefs can still be devout Catholics

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