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"... Americans today possess about 300 million firearms. No one can be under the illusion that limiting their number and use would be enough to impede horrendous massacres ... But it would be much worse if we were to satisfy ourselves with only words. And if the massacres are carried out by people with mental illness or distorted by hate, there is no doubt that they are carried out with arms. Forty-seven religious leaders of various confessions and religions have issued a call to American politicians to limit firearms ... I’m with them. ... Therefore, it is necessary to repeat tirelessly our calls for disarmament, to oppose the production, trade and smuggling of arms of all types, fueled by dishonourable interests for power of financial gain… Peace is born from the heart, but it will be easier to achieve if we have fewer weapons in hand.” - Vatican Radio, 1/19/2013

Recent Posts

  • The Just War Doctrine – A Primer - An increasingly common topic in Catholic publications is whether and how Catholic Social Teaching applies to the problem of gun violence.  One compelling theory is that the ownership and use of firearms should be governed by the principles of the Just War.[1] It is suggested that, by analogy to the Just War principles which govern whether and how countries go…
  • Why the Political Process is Not Enough - On October 12, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed into law a requirement that persons subject to Protection from Abuse orders are to relinquish their guns within 24 hours of being served with the order. This is a departure from the previous practice of a 60-day turnover. In addition, subjects are to relinquish their guns to either the police, gun dealer,…
  • Speak Out - INQUIRER This was published in the Philadelphia Inquirer in January, 2014, nearly 5 years ago. Why has nothing changed?
  • The Enemy of the Good - A key principle of Catholic teaching is the idea that there are some moral issues which are more important than all others.[1]  There are definitive and undiluted principles, a hierarchy of evils, under which murder is classified as a more serious sin than theft, and abortion is worse than deceit.  Catholics are to avoid the more serious evils, and they…
  • What We Catholics Believe About Gun Violence - In times of uncertainty, clear direction seems difficult to find. As media consumers, we get caught up in the minutiae of debate and opinion on every conceivable topic, including gun violence. American Catholics have both privileges and responsibilities, as people of faith in a nation which recognizes and upholds the Second Amendment.  Perhaps it is useful at times like these…