Beginning tomorrow, residents of Wisconsin will be able to apply for a permit allowing them to carry concealed weapons, but the state's Catholic bishops are urging residents to leave their guns at home while attending Mass. The Associated Press reports :
Wisconsin's bishops are urging parishioners to keep their concealed weapons out of church.
The state's five bishops issued a statement Monday saying they won't mandate churches prohibit concealed weapons but want parishioners not to carry them into churches as a sign of reverence.
They want local pastors to consider that Catholic teachings stress non-violent conflict resolution and Catholic churches have a long tradition of serving as sanctuaries for people fleeing violence as they decide whether to allow concealed weapons or ban them.