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US bishop chairman urges peace following reports of plans for additional violence in US

January 18, 2021

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CWN Editor's Note: “Like Pope Francis, after viewing the riot at the US Capitol on January 6, I was ‘astonished’: a violent attack on a peaceful political process at the heart of our democracy, bombs placed at political party headquarters, the murder of a police officer and others dead and injured, symbols of racial hatred, calls to execute politicians, a gallows and a noose,” said Archbishop Paul Coakley, chairman of the US bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development. “There must be accountability for these actions. As a Christian, I must say to anyone considering further violence: you are being led astray by a voice that is not from God.”

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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Jan. 19, 2021 5:50 AM ET USA

    A war zone of barricades, fences, and men has been established in Washington DC. There are reportedly more armed U.S. military troops in this city than in most other war zones around the world. All in support of walls to keep people out. After the scorn and condemnation heaped on President Trump from Catholic quarters when early in his Administration he proposed protection for U.S. territorial borders, I am still waiting to hear the same level of contempt for the new walls in the U.S. capital.