The April 17 letter was signed by Bishop Mark Spalding of Nashville, Bishop David Talley of Memphis and Bishop Richard Stika of Knoxville. The U.S. bishops have supported gun restrictions and other measures to combat firearm violence.
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The Holy Father ‘joins the entire community in mourning the children and adults who died and commends them to the loving embrace of the Lord Jesus.’
The manifesto contained writings about other locations, and the police and FBI are still investigating.
The shooting happened at Covenant School, a private Christian school for students in preschool through sixth grade.
The national response to the tragic gun violence of recent weeks, including mass shootings at a grocery store in Buffalo, New York, an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, and a hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma, have fallen along predictable party lines. The U.S. Bishops and many Catholic voices have responded in ways that address both policy issues related to gun access as well as other underlying cultural factors. Register senior editor Jonathan Liedl will report on what he calls the “both/and” Catholic response to this national crisis. But first we turn to a Church leader who more than 20 years ago was among the first Catholics who responded to the mass shooting at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. Jim Beckman, who was a part of the youth ministry team at St. Francis Cabrini Church, shares how a mass shooting in his town changed forever the way he did ministry.
A bereaved Catholic mother and a local pastor share their thoughts about how to cope with such horrors.
A gunman opened fire at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, about 90 miles west of San Antonio, on Tuesday.
The suspect, a 15-year-old student at Oxford High School, opened fire midday on Nov. 30.