- Jan 24, 2020
A series of explosions in central Texas are “appalling” according to a joint message issued by the bishops of Austin and San Antonio, where the attacks have occurred.
Following the latest incident of gun violence in America, Pope Francis has sent his condolences to the victims of the Sutherland Springs mass shooting in Texas, saying he is “deeply grieved” by the “senseless violence.” On Sunday, a 26-year old gunman entered into a Baptist Church and killed 26 people during the service. The tragedy has prompted Catholic bishops from around the United States to speak out against gun violence.
In the wake of a shooting at a Baptist church in Texas that reportedly has left at least 20 people dead, the U.S. bishops called it “holy ground” and said the incident confirms a “fundamental problem” in America. Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller of Antonio tweeted that “Our Baptist brethren need us.”
The Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops, the public policy arm of the state’s bishops, said federal agents seemed to disregard their own policy in the matter when they detained an undocumented 10-year-old girl with cerebral palsy on her way to the hospital for surgery. Bishop James A. Tamayo of Laredo said the action was “inhumane.”
By removing a dedicated pastor at an Anglican Use parish, Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller of San Antonio has not only engaged in a striking overreach, but he’s fed perceptions that Catholic prelates are inflexible, authoritarian and aggressively assertive.
A new study from the U.S. bishops found that three-quarters of those U.S. Catholics born before Vatican II are non-Hispanic white Catholics. And more than half, 54 percent, of what it calls the millennial-generation Catholics (born 1982 or later) are Hispanic or Latino.