In today's issue of the Catholic Standard, we see published a statement by the USCCB regarding the recent shootings that have occurred this past week. It seems that they understand well the Alinskyian rule, "never let a crisis go to waste" for they turn their statement into a commercial for left-wing causes. Here is the "meat of the matter", as it were. "In the days ahead, we will look toward additional ways of nurturing an open, honest and civil dialogue on issues of race relations, restorative justice, mental health, economic opportunity, and addressing the question of pervasive gun violence."
"Restorative justice" is their code phrase for income redistribution. "Addressing the question of pervasive gun violence" is their code phrase for infringement on our Second Amendment rights.
If they really want to engage in the area of "race relations", they might want to pay attention to words uttered by Cardinal Wilfrid Napier of South Africa who called for an apology for the number of black babies murdered via legalized abortion. He is spot-on correct. 37% of the abortions in the U.S. are committed against black babies, yet blacks account for only 13% of the total U.S. population. The Cardinal says this appears to be genocide. I differ with him in saying that not only does it appear to be genocide, it in fact is genocide. Why doesn't the "black lives matter" crowd give a damn about their own babies? I daresay that when it comes to abortion, many of them actually cheer their own genocide. But I digress since this post is addressing the incompetence of the USCCB.
Common sense tells us that no jibber-jabber about "race relations" will address the root causes - disrespect for life and the Author of Life. If the bishops are really serious about restoring a respect for life, they will instruct their priests to preach about the evils of contraception. They will insist upon obedience to Canon 915. They will stop cowering before the gays and resume their duties to promulgate the teachings of Jesus Christ regarding marriage and family life. Until that happens, we most likely will see violence escalate.
Pray for our clergy that they might live up to their dignity and duties afforded to them by the Sacrament of Holy Orders.