Essays & Relections

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 →


  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 →

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 →


In the time since the tragic school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, the ongoing debate about the proper role of guns and the menace of gun violence has captured the attention of our nation. In April of last year, the United States Senate debated – perhaps for the first time in its history – measures intended to curb gun trafficking and… Read more →