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by Bradley Eli, M.Div., Ma.Th.  •  •  March 8, 2018   

U.S. Bishops in lockstep with Democrats on gun control fail to address the spiritual roots of violence

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American bishops continue to attack their president over yet another social justice issue namely, gun control, while remaining largely mute on his war with the culture of death and on the spiritual roots of violence.

In the recently televised meetings on how to best address the Florida school shootings, President Donald Trump favored authorizing teachers teachers to use guns in the gun free zones of schools as opposed to banning more guns. On Monday, the U.S. bishops released a statement disagreeing with his approach: "Specifically, this moment calls for an honest and practical dialogue around a series of concrete proposals — not partisanship and overheated rhetoric. The idea of arming teachers seems to raise more concerns than it addresses."

What the bishops failed to mention was the Catholic teaching that supports the right of self-defense as stated in paragraph 2265 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church which reads:

Legitimate defense can be not only a right but a grave duty for one who is responsible for the lives of others. The defense of the common good requires that an unjust aggressor be rendered unable to cause harm. For this reason, those who legitimately hold authority also have the right to use arms to repel aggressors against the civil community entrusted to their responsibility.

The bishops of the United States continue to take their talking points from the Democratic party on social justice issues such as gun control, immigration, health care, climate change and tax reform while turning a relatively blind eye to President Trump's attempts to stop the slaughter of more than 3,000 unborn infants everyday in this country. This can be verified by merely adding up the number of bishops' statements on the above-mentioned issues and comparing them to the number of statements against abortion.

The 17 students who died in the Florida school shooting is tragic. Outrage is understandable. Faithful Catholics, however, are asking where's the outrage from U.S. bishops against abortion? Some bishops, instead, like Chicago's archbishop, Cdl. Blase Cupich, in 2015 acknowledged the trafficking in body parts of aborted children is appalling but added:

We should be no less appalled by the indifference toward the thousands of people who die daily for lack of decent medical care; who are denied rights by a broken immigration system and by racism; who suffer in hunger, joblessness and want; who pay the price of violence in gun-saturated neighborhoods; or who are executed by the state in the name of justice.

What the bishops also fail to mention is that gun-related violence is but a symptom of the underlying problem of fatherless families. Of the 27 deadliest mass shooters, the vast majority were from fatherless homes. The lack of spiritual fatherhood in the Catholic Church, owing to bishops and priests who have failed to teach the Catholic faith to their spiritual children for the past 50 years, has helped produce a generation of fatherless men.

Watch the panel discuss the real way to stop violent shootings in The Download—Gun Control.


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