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Atlanta archbishop to restrict weapons in churches

Catholic World News - May 01, 2014

Following the passage of Georgia legislation allowing licensed gun holders to bring weapons to church where permitted by church leaders, Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta said he would officially restrict weapons in the archdiocese’s parishes.

“Before this legislation takes effect in July, I will officially restrict the presence of weapons in our Catholic institutions except for those carried by the people that civic authorities have designated and trained to protect and guard us-- and those who are duly authorized law and military officials,” he said in an archdiocesan newspaper column.

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  • Posted by: filioque - May. 02, 2014 4:22 PM ET USA

    Hasn't Archbishop Gregory noticed that the mass shootings occur in gun-free zones? Is he going to hire armed guards for all churches in his Archdiocese? Remember that it was an armed guard who killed a shooter in a Colorado church a couple of years ago. Or is he just going to let it be known that Catholics in church are sitting ducks? Just this week an employee shot the unarmed guard and five others at a FedEx facility in Georgia. He knew that there were no guns on the site.

  • Posted by: rpp - May. 01, 2014 9:55 AM ET USA

    While I obviously believe the good bishop to be concerned for the safety of everyone, all he has done is to disarm those with good intent. Those with a bad intent will ignore such restrictions.

  • Posted by: feedback - May. 01, 2014 7:24 AM ET USA

    He is not going to install metal detectors in churches, and so this means just a ban on the K of C's uniform swords while in churches. Card. Bernardin once did that too to the Knights in the past.

  • Posted by: jg23753479 - May. 01, 2014 7:10 AM ET USA

    I don't disapprove of the archbishop's plan here, but it is quite disconcerting to see our prelates so "Johnny-on-the-spot" when it comes to defending notions dear to liberals (i.e. Democrats in the US), and yet so reluctant to do anything that might offend the least sensibilities of this same crowd. "Guns kill" is the liberals' mantra, but abortion kills many, many more people than guns every day. That doesn't seem, though, to prompt actions similar to Bishop Gregory's vis-a-vis liberal pols.

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