The Catholic Church's Role in the Struggle against Metallic Mining in El Salvador

6:30pm Reception
7:00pm Presentation

Andrew McKinley (Central American University, San Salvador) gives this sixth talk in CWCIT's Spiritual Works of Mercy Series. He addresses the work of mercy known as "admonishing the sinner" as it relates to the fight against metal mining in El Salvador:

In March 2017, El Salvador became the first country in the world to ban metal mining, safeguarding its natural resources and its people’s health. Leading the push for this law was the Catholic Church, and key to the effort was Andrew McKinley, a specialist in mining and water at San Salvador’s Central American University (UCA). In this talk, he describes the devastating environmental effects of metal mining and the strategies that led to the 2017 passage of the anti-mining ban.

About the Speaker
Andrew McKinley was born in the United States but has lived most of his life in the developing world. He has resided in Central America since 1977, focusing his work on issues related to social justice, human rights, and sustainable development. He has a master's in health administration and works as a specialist in mining and water at the Jesuit institution, Central American José Simeón Cañas University (UCA), in San Salvador. He is the co-author of the 2018 book (published in Spanish), The Water Crisis in El Salvador: Facts and Challenges.

About the Photo
Catholic nuns in San Salvador protesting minería metálica—metallic mining

About the Spiritual Works of Mercy
Acts of compassion, the Spiritual Works of Mercy guide us to do as Jesus did and help our neighbors in their times of spiritual and emotional need. Though sometimes worded differently, the seven spiritual works of mercy are

  • Share the faith (often worded as "instruct the ignorant").
  • Counsel the doubtful.
  • Admonish the sinner.
  • Comfort the afflicted.
  • Forgive offenses willingly.
  • Bear wrongs patiently.
  • Pray for the living and the dead.

Learn more about the spiritual works of mercy here. For a guide to prayerful reflection on the spiritual works of mercy, visit the Archdiocese of Milwaukee's website. And explore the parallel 7 corporal works of mercy, which focus on responding to the basic physical needs of our human family.


Please contact CWCIT at or 773.325.4158.


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Thursday, April 4, 2019 at 6:30pm to 8:30pm

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