(PROVIDENCE, R.I.)-The Most Rev. Thomas J. Tobin, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence, issued the following statement relative to the tragic events that took place in a Connecticut elementary school.
“On behalf of the Catholic Church in the Diocese of Providence, and in my own name, I extend my most sincere sympathy and prayers to all those whose lives have been touched by the terrible and tragic events that have taken place this day in Connecticut. Although even the best of words will fail at a moment like this, my prayer is that the Birth of Jesus, Emmanuel – the God who is with us in good times and bad – will bring some measure of comfort and peace to all.”
Please click here to read a letter Bishop Tobin has written for parents of Catholic School students.
On Sunday, December 16, many pastors throughout the Diocese preached on the news of last week’s tragedy. To read or watch Father Ronald Brassard’s homily, please click here. Father Brassard is pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish, which sponsors Immaculate Conception Elementary School.
Doesn’t the proliferation of guns in our homes and neighborhoods,and the increase of violence in society argue for some limits, some restraints? I know, I know . . . “Guns don’t kill people, people kill people,” the tiresome saying insists. But the fact is that people use guns more than any other weapon to kill people. In thinking of the terrible violence that has occurred in schools over the last few years, I can’t recall even one case in which students were stabbed or bludgeoned to death by a crazed classmate.
Bishop Tobin, Without a Doubt, Thy Liberty With Law, June 25, 1999
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