Franciscans In Mourning Over Shooting at Texas Church

For Immediate Release
November 7, 2017
Media Contact: Janine Walsh
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Franciscans In Mourning Over Shooting at Texas Church
We've had enough thoughts and prayers: Congress must Act

Washington, D.C.-- Only thirty five days after the mass shooting in Las Vegas we once again start our week with another horrific tragedy. It is no longer enough for Franciscans to offer just thoughts and prayers we implore our politicians to act. Each and every day they have more and more innocent blood on their hands.

Patrick Carolan, Executive Director of the Franciscan Action Network (FAN) states: "As I wrote in a recent blog post after the Las Vegas shooting, the American society is diseased with apathy. I find myself repeating it over and over again: Gun safety is not a political issue. It is a pro-life issue, a moral issue, and an ethical issue. We need to stop just offering prayers and start acting. In her book, Beyond Apathy: A Theology for Bystanders, Dr. Elisabeth Vasko perfectly expresses what's going on in our society now. She says, 'We live in a society that is all too willing to tolerate violence. Violence, a communal problem, impacts the flourishing of all involved: victims, perpetrators, and bystanders. Violence desecrates the image of God as it dehumanizes and fractures communion among all God's people.' What are we willing to DO about this violence? We have to stop burying our heads in the sand and electing the same people over and over who refuse to do anything."

We support the US Conference of Catholic Bishops who said in a statement, "A Culture of Life cannot tolerate, and must prevent, senseless gun violence in all its forms."

There is no question that members of Congress offer their condolences but do little else because they are in the pocket of the National Rifle Association. But their thoughts and prayers are useless without good works. FAN mourns for those slaughtered and wounded and prays for their families. We challenge our political and religious leaders who suffer from the disease of apathy. We must find a way to put an end to this madness.