BY ISN STAFF | December 15, 2012
“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.”
Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta
In response to the horrific act of violence in Newtown, Connecticut yesterday (12/14/12) we offer a few resources (NOTE: This list is by no way exhaustive) on gun violence and Catholic teaching on this issue which can be found below. Sadly, this resource was originally developed earlier this year after the tragic shootings at the movie theater in Aurora, Colorado. As a network of individuals and institutions committed to justice and peace, we join the entire country in praying for the victims, their families, and those responsible. During this Advent season, we especially pray for hope that we can collectively work for a more peaceful world.
- Statements Regarding Gun Control and Gun Violence (U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops)
- Gun Violence Statistics (National Institute of Justice)
- 1/14/11 Gun control: Church firmly, quietly opposes firearms for civilians (U.S. Catholic)
- 1/11/11 Catholic Bishops Favor Gun Control But Who Knows It? (National Catholic Reporter)
- 1994 Pastoral Statement: Confronting a Culture of Violence – A Catholic Framework for Action (U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops)
Prayer & Reflection Resources:
- An Ignatian Prayer for Peace (Canisius College Campus Ministry)
- 12/14/12 The Mystery of Pain, the Solace of Faith – A reflection by Fr. Jim Martin, S.J. on the tragedy in Newtown
- 7/20/12 Would Jesus Pack Heat? – An interview with Fr. James Martin, S.J.
“The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral; returning violence with violence only multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars.”
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.