Nancy Grogan

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… Read more →

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… Read more →

Gun Violence Challenge Should Be a Prominent Feature of Church’s Ministry – by Marvin Lim and Nancy Grogan

As Catholics who are committed to understanding the relationship between the Catholic social ethic and the most pressing and timely issues in American society, we applaud National Catholic Reporter’s series dedicated to coverage of the gun violence crisis. We write to call on American Catholics, the clergy and the lay, to consider this issue – whatever their intuitions may already… Read more →

BOOK REVIEW

  MSN reported last week that an arms maker in Florida is now marketing a Christian-themed gun. [1] The “Cruzado” is inscribed with the cross of the Knights Templar, a religious order that fought in the Crusades, along with an Old Testament psalm. A company spokesman reported that the company sold out of the rifles in the first 72 hours,… Read more →

   More than the fire hoses and the police dogs of Bull Connors (Chief of Police of Birmingham, AL), I fear the silence of the churches.  The contemporary church is so often a weak, ineffective voice with an uncertain sound.  It is so often the arch-supporter of the status-quo.  Far from being disturbed by the presence of the church, the power structure of the average community is consoled by the church’s silent and vocal sanction of things as they are.  But the judgment of God is upon the church as never before.  If the church of today does not recapture the sacrificial spirit of the early church, it will lose its authentic ring, forfeit the loyalty of millions, and be dismissed as an irrelevant social club with no meaning for the 20th century.  I am meeting young people everyday (sic) whose disappointment with the church has risen to outright disgust.”

 

– Martin Luther King, Letters From a Birmingham Jail, 12

The Duty of Catholics to Speak Out on Gun Violence

  As Catholics and as American citizens, we have both the privilege and the obligation to participate in the democratic process in a way which reflects our spiritual values.   In an increasingly complex world, our obligation to educate and inform the conscience remains primary.  We look to both Scripture and to Tradition on issues such as poverty, war, social justice, marriage and family, immigration,… Read more →

“Our problems can only be solved by people of character who actively and without apology take their beliefs into public debate.  That includes Catholics.  We need to be stronger in our public witness, not weaker.” Archbishop Charles J. Chaput Render Unto Caesar – Serving the Nation by Living Our Catholic Beliefs in Political Life Read more →

FEDERAL LAW – STATUTES AND JUDICIAL INTERPRETATION

The key federal decision interpreting the Second Amendment is District of Columbia v. Heller¹.  In it, the Supreme Court struck down Washington D.C. laws prohibiting handgun possession and requiring that firearms in the home be stored unloaded and disassembled or locked at all times.  The Court held for the first time that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to… Read more →

Gun Violence Epidemic

Summary of Gun Violence Statistics in America ¹ Although mass shootings receive the most media attention, over 100,000 people are victims of a gunshot wounds every year, and of these, 30,000 are killed.  In 2010, firearms killed 31, 672 people in the U.S., including 11,078 homicides, 19, 392 suicides, and 606 unintentional firearm deaths.  In 2011, guns were used to… Read more →

” It isn’t that they can’t see the solution.  It is that they can’t see the problem.”  Gilbert K. Chesterton