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Revering the Human Body – by Marvin Lim

Reverence for human life is a Catholic principle that, quite obviously, should shape how we, as Catholics, think through the problem of gun violence. This reverence manifests itself in our respect both for the human right to self-defense, as well as the need for limitations on that right, to protect all human lives. Both are important ethical considerations for determining… Read more →

There Are Ways to Make Things Better

In the gun reform debate, there is the common phrase, “don’t put new laws on the books; enforce the laws we already have.” After every mass shooting, gun reform advocates push for new legislation and the firearms community opposes it; those who oppose new legislation fear erosion of the Second Amendment, and many believe that there is no solution to… Read more →

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… Read more →

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,… Read more →