Catholic Extension has a long history in Uvalde and a powerful connection with the victims and survivors of the shooting.
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San Antonio Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller offered the funeral Mass for the couple on June 1 at Sacred Heart Parish, the only Catholic church in Uvalde.
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.
Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller, whose archdiocese includes Uvalde, has remained close to the community since the day of the tragic shooting.
While partisan voices emphasize focusing either on gun access or underlying cultural factors, several Catholic bishops and commentators point to the need to address both.
Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller of San Antonio said, ‘Their loss and sorrow are part of our own tragedy as a community. As we are all grieving, we also want to communicate our hope in the resurrection to those who mourn and to the world.’