USCCB Calls for Change in Language, Rhetoric in Wake of Gun Violence

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This week, the country is still mourning the loss of life of the victims of two shootings that took place over the weekend in El Paso, TX, and Dayton, OH. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) released several news releases this week in response to these attacks, the latest a plea for a change in language and rhetoric used by Americans.

Today, Bishops from three committees at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) expressed their deep concern about racism and xenophobia that apparently motivated this weekend's massacre in El Paso and that have motivated numerous other recent mass shootings in the United States. The Chairmen called on our elected officials to exert leadership in seeking to heal the wounds that these shootings have caused and to deal with the scourges of racism, xenophobia, and religious bigotry, including refraining from expressing hurtful, painful, and divisive rhetoric that dehumanizes and polarizes people on the basis of their race, religion, ethnicity, or national origin.

The Catholic Missourian included coverage this week of El Paso Bishop Mark J. Seitz's meetings with survivors of the shooting and their families in the days following the attack. To read the full release, visit the USCCB website.

August 9, 2019 - 3:08pm
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