Statement on gun violence

(March 2018) -- The Leadership Team of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross join the chorus of women religious who grieve with the families affected by gun violence.

The most recent shooting in Parkland, Florida, reaffirms that America has a gun violence epidemic. Gun violence is a complex issue with many areas of it needing to be addressed. We support policies that reduce injuries and deaths and promote a culture of peace. We believe we can achieve nonviolence through prayer and action.

In solidarity with the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, we call on our elected leaders to take up legislation that:

  • requires universal background checks and mandatory waiting periods for all gun purchases,
  • bans civilian ownership of high capacity weapons and magazines, and
  • makes gun trafficking a federal crime.

We commend the many who have worked tirelessly to prevent gun violence and join them in their efforts to advocate for policies that promote human dignity by protecting life.

Adapted with permission from the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, Western Province and Congregational Leadership.