- Oct 25, 2020
Via Twitter, Bishop Kevin Farrell of Dallas has reacted to shootings that left five police officers dead and six others wounded with a mixture of grief and consolation for the victims and frustration at the lack of effective measures to combat gun violence.
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.
Catholic bishops gave a shot in the arm to President Barack Obama’s announcement yesterday that his administration will require all gun sellers to register as dealers and complete background checks on all buyers. “Thank God that someone finally has the courage to close the loopholes in our pitiful gun control
The backlash against “thoughts and prayers” continues. So does the debate about whether such backlash mocks religion. Lawmakers who offered “thoughts and prayers” to the victims of Wednesday’s San Bernardino mass shooting are often the same lawmakers — all Republicans — who receive large campaign checks from the National Rifle