Catholic Students: Prayer Ends School Gun Violence, Not Walkouts

by Rodney Pelletier  •  •  April 20, 2018   

'God has been excluded from our daily lives, and morals are not taught anymore'

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HERNDON, Pa. ( - Catholic students at a Pennsylvania private school are saying school shootings are due to "problem[s] in the hearts of men" and more gun control isn't the answer.

While students in over 2,500 schools in the United States are participating in a walk-out on Friday for gun control, students at the St. Louis de Montfort Academy in Herndon, Pennsylvania, are asserting the answer is prayer and society's return to God.

The students assert the problem to recent school shooting is not firearm access but "in the hearts of men." They declare, "God has been excluded from our daily lives, and morals are not taught anymore. Wake up!" They add, "If we focus on the symptoms and not the problems, what will the next generation look like? We have to return to God in a major way to heal our brokenness."

The academy is a boarding school for boys from 7th to 12th grade and staffed by volunteers of Tradition, Family and Property (TFP) — an organization inspired by Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira. Its aim is to "provide a solid academic foundation, where Catholic culture and civilization are emphasized," adding that it desires "to provide the Church, our nation and an increasingly chaotic world with young men who will grow up to make a difference."

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