US bishops want ‘honest dialogue’ on racism after shootings

The Geneva Presbyterian Church in Laguna Woods, California, after the deadly shooting on May 15 (CNS/David Swanson, Reuters)

The United States Catholic bishops have appealed for “an honest dialogue rooted in Christ” about the “persistent evil of racism” after two mass shootings. Source: CNA.

In a statement on Monday, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) said that it continued to “advocate for an end to violence”, citing the Church’s consistent appeals for “rational yet effective forms of regulation of dangerous weapons”.

The USCCB issued the statement after a gunman killed 10 people and injured three others on May 14 at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, and a shooter killed one person and wounded five others on May 15 at a church in Laguna Woods, California.

Authorities called the mass shooting in Buffalo a racially motivated hate crime and said that the gunman specifically targeted the store because it was in a predominantly black neighbourhood. Eleven of those shot were black, while the other two victims were white.

“The US bishops join with others throughout the country in offering prayers for the support and healing of the families, friends, and communities of those impacted by these violent incidents,” said the statement from the USCCB’s public affairs director Chieko Noguchi.

“We pray especially for those who were injured and particularly for those who lost their lives. We pray also for those on the front lines who risk their lives in responding to the calls for help, and to those in the medical fields who minister to those who have been harmed.”

The statement went on: “The bishops again call for an honest dialogue rooted in Christ in addressing the persistent evil of racism in our country. The Catholic Church has been a consistent voice for rational yet effective forms of regulation of dangerous weapons, and the USCCB continues to advocate for an end to violence, and for the respect and dignity of all lives.”


US Catholic bishops call for ‘honest dialogue’ on ‘persistent evil of racism’ after mass shootings (CNA

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