Polls show Catholics favor stricter gun control laws more than members of any other denomination, yet some wonder why it seems church leaders don’t say much about the issue. Below are 16 church leaders who have indeed taken a public stand. This is by no means an exhaustive list. In the comments section, add the names of others who are making the church’s view known.

1. Papal spokesman Rev. Federico Lombardi, SJ.

2.The US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) released a statement.

3. Cardinal Timothy Dolan, archbishop of New York, expressed support to Vice President Joe Biden.

4. Rev. Larry Snyder, president of Catholic Charities USA.

5. Sr. Carol Keehan, DC, president and CEO of the Catholic Health Association.

6. Sr. Simone Campbell, president of NETWORK and of the ‘Nuns on the Bus’ fame.

7. Bishop Stephen Blaire, of the Diocese of Stockton (CA).

8. Bishop Patrick McGrath of the Diocese of San Jose.

9. Bishop John Wester of the Diocese of Salt Lake City.

10. Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Indiana.

11. Bishop Thomas Tobin of the Diocese of Providence.

12. Rev. Jonathan DeFelice, OSB, president of Saint Anselm College.

13. Rev. Peter Donohue, president of Villanova University.

14. Rev. Kevin Mullen, OFM, president of Sienna College.

15. Sr. Janet Mock, CSJ, executive director of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR).

16. Rev. James Martin, SJ, contributing editor at America.

Michael J. O'Loughlin

 

 

Comments

Jillian George | 12/27/2013 - 10:22pm

The best argument for sane restrictions on gun is the Constitution itself. As the preamble makes
clear, the purpose of the constitution is "to insure domestic tranquility." A professor at Biola University lays out the case pretty well, and also addresses Christians who think that the Bible supports
unrestricted access to guns. Check out his argument on Thegoodbookblog at Talbot School of Theology (Biola University). It is by Hubbard, and is entitled "See the Welfare of the
City: The Biblical Argument for Gun Control." Pretty convincing--and
controversial from the comments. Here's the link if anyone is interested:

http://thegoodbookblog.com/2013/nov/18/seek-the-welfare-of-the-city-the-...