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Wisconsin bishops issue statement on concealed weapons in churches

November 03, 2011

Following the passage of a state concealed-weapons law, the bishops of Wisconsin have issued a statement discouraging Catholics from bringing weapons into churches.

“Whatever an individual parish decides to do regarding its policy on concealed weapons, we ask that all people seriously consider not carrying weapons into church buildings as a sign of reverence for these sacred spaces,” the bishops said, adding:

Those who exercise leadership in our parishes and religious institutions should consider these factors in determining whether to prohibit concealed weapons in parishes and other buildings owned by the Church and Catholic organizations. This decision should be firmly grounded in our teaching and made with due regard for the pastoral reality and customs of the local community. All decisions should also reflect good stewardship of parish resources and the ability to address legal issues of liability that may arise from local decisions. Thus, we encourage you to consult with your insurance carriers as you proceed, and to consider how posting signs helps pastors balance the need for reverence in sacred space with their desire for security.


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  • Posted by: Steve214 - Nov. 03, 2011 5:29 PM ET USA

    Masacres do happen in churches: so how does standing by and watching reflect the sacredness of the "space" when you could have saved lives?