Skip to comments.Nuns speak out: ‘Gun regulation is an imperative’
Posted on 12/26/2012 8:10:10 PM PST by Tailgunner Joe
Regulation of firearms is an imperative in the aftermath of the massacre of 26 children and adults in Newtown, Conn., along with robust care for those with mental illness, according to a bluntly worded statement by Americas largest organization of Roman Catholic nuns.
There is much to mourn, but mourning is not enough: The killing must stop, America is losing its future, said the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. The LCWR asked that convents, monasteries, churches and town halls ring their bells 26 times at noon on Dec. 28, which in the church year is the Feast of the Holy Innocents.
Gun regulation is an imperative, added the sisters statement. Automatic weapons created for the battlefield have no place in the hands of children or adults incapable of talking responsibility for their use. This societal rupture has been going on far too long and demands immediate action by our national leaders.
This is not about protecting the 2nd Amendment, but rather protecting the most precious resource we have the gift of life. This is also time to restore civility to our world and work to change the pervasive culture of violence found throughout this nation, and especially in the entertainment industry.
The Leadership Conference has been willing to walk in harms way. The LCWR was accused by the Vatican earlier this year of promoting radical feminist themes incompatible with the Catholic faith and failing to teach and promote the church hierarchys positions opposing contraception, embryonic stem cell research, marriage equality and abortion.
The Vatican named a panel, headed by Seattle Archbishop J. Peter Sartain, to bring the sisters back in line. But the LCWR has denied what it calls unsubstantiated Vatican allegations, and defended its activism for social justice.
It has taken far more specific positions than the Catholic hierarchy in the wake of the Newtown massacre. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has said through a spokesman that it supports measures that control the sale and use of firearms.
Archbishop Sartain, in a statement of sympathy for the Newtown victims, said: It is at times such as these that we must rely on God, and resolve to become instruments of his peace in our own homes, workplaces and communities. In Christ alone is our hope for true peace, the peace that wipes away every tear and gives life to our darkest hours.
The LCWR, by contrast, is urging nuns in its ranks to stand up and speak out for the sacredness of the lives of these (Newtown) children and all people everywhere. It is also urging action by temporal political leaders.
We suggest letting your elected officials at every level of government know that you favor responsible gun legislation, it said. Encourage congressional leaders to support a federal ban on the sale, transfer, importation and possession of assault weapons and the munitions that go with them.
Ask them to fund robust care for those with mental illness as well as take steps to address the growing use of violence as a means of entertainment. Call on your local and state officials to do the same.
The Leadership Conference of Women Religious is an umbrella organization that represents about 57,000 Catholic sisters, or about 80 percent of the women religious in the United States.
Sadly these women invite tyranny.
quote “Automatic weapons created for the battlefield have no place in the hands of children or adults incapable of talking responsibility for their use”
yeah... that’s why “automatic” weapons are illegal.
I swear agruing with these idiots lowers my IQ.
I guess they figured that since speaking out against abortion wasn’t working, they might as well go after guns and the Second Amendment.
“imperative”... as in “imperial”.
An imperial system is find for the church.
As Madison said:”If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither internal nor external checks or controls on government would be necessary.”
It’s OK to hold a nun’s hand, but don’t get into the habit.
Apparently the good sisters have not been adequately briefed. While I agree that automatic weapons intended for the battlefield have no place in the hands of those not mature nor sane enough to handle them responsibly, regulations in place not only generally prevent children and the insane from having those weapons, but the general and law abiding population as well.
Unless one is military, law enforcement, or a dealer, you won't get your grubbies on a fully automatic firearm made in the last 25 years--not as a lawful owner, anyway.
The look-alikes which the media treat as combat weapons are but a shadow of the firearms deployed on battlefields worldwide, and the good Sisters would do well to understand that fact.
Maybe we need more nun control.
Excuse me Sisters but we need to be armed for the same reason we need a church...because of sinners.
When did automatic weapons become legal again? Buehler? Buehler?
LOL - very apparently.
Oy effing vey!!
Could we at FR pulease check this anti catholic rhetoric?
Could we just please get that the mMSM is out to get the Curch more than it is the conservatives, as they have the same goal - freedom?
The word from the Vatican ion these radicals who call themselves Catholic but are not is sdepicted below and was found with so quick a simple google search it would curl your hair.
AGHH! Make it stop!
From NPR JUl 2012:
“In its assessment of the group, the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith said the leadership conference is undermining Roman Catholic teachings on homosexuality and birth control and promoting “radical feminist themes incompatible with the Catholic faith.” It also reprimanded the nuns for hosting speakers who “often contradict or ignore” church teachings and for making public statements that “disagree with or challenge the bishops, who are the church’s authentic teachers of faith and morals.”
Probably some of the those new agey liberation theology polluted heretics...
The penguins can put a sock in it. Infringements on mag capacity, banning certain firearms, banning private party purchases blah blah blah will be ignored flagrantly and obnoxiously.
The tyrant Feinstein even wants to classify all semi-autos in your possession as NFA items subject to registration, tax stamps, LEO sign off, etc like class 3 items.
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