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Corralitos Pastor Calls on Community to Shame Two Individuals Allegedly Caught Stealing
by Santa Cruz News
Fr. Derek Hughes of the Holy Eucharist Catholic Community Church in Corralitos is calling on community members to "shame" two individuals he says were caught on security camera footage stealing from a parishioner's vehicle parked outside of the church during Ash Wednesday Mass on March 6. In a social media post that is starting to go viral, Hughes uploaded still shots of the two men, and called on followers to "Please share and shame!" Shaming individuals accused of crimes has become commonplace in Santa Cruz County, with large social media groups such as "Take Back Santa Cruz" and "Santa Cruz Hall of Shame" dedicated to it. This may be, however, the first example of a local church calling on its followers to publicly shame someone as a group. Many Christian scholars have written about their opposition to shaming.
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