"Somehow we must restore the notion of respect for life into the fabric of the nation," said Archbishop Timothy Broglio in a statement.
Peace & Justice
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Essay: The life of the Catholic Worker is a life of struggle and disappointment that strips away your illusions but never achieves your expectations.
California's bishops stand with the prisoners, who seek improved policies and conditions for prisoners in solitary confinement.
A leadership group of U.S. Catholic bishops has called for the U.S. government not to launch a military strike in Syria, saying the lack of consensus on the matter is "deeply troubling."
One day, when Jesus was marching toward Jerusalem, some of the hated enemy Samaritans denounced him for his nonviolent campaign. The disciples were furious, appalled, filled with moral indignation. They suddenly forgot Jesus' lofty talk: "Love your enemies"; "offer no violent resistance to one who does evil"; "blessed are the peacemakers." They were ready for war, and they had a just cause.
Retired Cardinal Theodore McCarrick told a conference on peace in the Holy Land that the key to resolving the Syrian conflict is "patient diplomacy."
Pope Francis' recent actions regarding war in Syria have followed in close continuity with the spirit and record of his predecessors.
The leader of the main group of the world's Franciscans, who is an American, has called upon the order of priests and brothers to consider praying and fasting for peace in Syria for the "foreseeable future."
The president of the Franciscan Foundation for the Holy Land said his Christian counterparts in the region worry that U.S. strikes in Syria would further inflame a situation where many nations ply for influence.