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 →

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, and… 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, care… 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 →

School Shootings

There have been 95 school shootings since the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut in December 2012, where 20 first grade children and 6 adults were lost.  What have we done since then? How will history judge our society?  Do we search our hearts honestly? Do our fears and weaknesses prevent us from seeing our way out of violence? Come, Holy Spirit, fill… Read more →