2016_09_20_tue-perkes-red-massWhen judicial leaders must execute justice and mercy in the wake of public opinion, Bishop Michael Mulvey encourages them to pray.

The bishop of the Diocese of Corpus Christi prayed over lawyers and other elected officials Thursday during Red Mass, a legal tradition dating back to the 13th century in Europe that marks the beginning of a judicial year. The Catholic church celebrates and prays for the judiciary during the liturgy.

Mulvey expressed gratitude for lawyers and officials who work with abused children and relationships where there is domestic abuse and called those crimes a “plague.”

“It’s not an easy task to enter in the private lives of people, families, but when lives are at risk, society must intervene to protect the most vulnerable among us,” Mulvey said.

The service, held just blocks from the Nueces County Courthouse at Corpus Christi Cathedral, brought together about 250 lawyers and elected officials, along with their families and supporters. Several legal organizations paraded red banners during the event.

Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Kevin Yeary gave the keynote address. Yeary said he hopes his message serves as a reminder to share the God-given gifts lawyers have with others and to do so while maintaining a consistent prayer life.

“A lot of times, when we get down to the heat of battle in the courtroom or in a struggle … sometimes it’s easy to forget what’s really important and that can cause us to sometimes get cross with one another or hold grudges and that’s not what we’re here for,” Yeary said before Mass. “We’re here to sort things out in the way … that is consistent with what our creator wants us to be doing and with what the people who we are electing to write the laws intend for us.”

Mulvey encouraged lawyers to pray for wisdom, courage and right judgment.

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