- Jun 20, 2021
Just hours after the shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando called the Pulse that left 50 dead, including the gunman, and more than 50 wounded, six bilingual staffers from Catholic Charities arrived at the Hampton Inn in downtown Orlando, a meeting place for family and friends of the victims.
A new national survey may indicate that Pope Francis has strengthened the case that individuals and society have a moral responsibility to act against climate change to the greatest degree among those who are among the least religious in the United States.
Brazilian Cardinal Joao Braz de Aviz, the Vatican’s top official for religious life, said there are still about 15 orders of Catholic nuns in the United States with which his department wants to do follow-up after a controversial Vatican-mandated review officially ended more than a year ago.
Pennsylvania’s Solicitor General told members of the State Senate on Monday that proposals to expand time limits for filing sexual abuse lawsuits would violate the “remedies clause” of the state’s constitution, with some lawmakers saying they’ll vote for it anyway and others expressing doubts.
Author Matthew Vines says that the problem with some well-meaning statements of support is that “so many Christians still talk about the LGBT community like they’re not a part of the church, and like they’re not part of the same family.”
Orlando Bishop John G. Noonan says “a sword has pierced the heart of our city,” asking all parishes in the nine-county diocese in central Florida to include prayer intentions during Sunday Masses and planning to lead an evening prayer vigil for the community — called a “Vigil to Dry Tears” — at St. James Cathedral in Orlando Monday night.
The strong desire to do something in the wake of the Orlando massacre, perhaps flowing from justified outrage, is totally understandable. Some insist that prayer is a smokescreen for inaction, but we should pray — not only for the victims, but for a gun-obsessed culture like ours that’s deeply unhealthy and even sick.
Catholics wondering what the Church has to say about gun control in the wake of the Orlando massacre will find nothing firm from Rome, but a clear drift from the U.S. bishops in favor of stronger limits and the eventual near-elimination of guns from American society.