The archbishop of Philadephia, who was previously based in Denver when the Columbine shooting happened, has spoken against further gun control laws without addressing the core issue of America’s culture. The Washington Examiner reports:
The Roman Catholic archbishop of Philadelphia penned an op-ed earlier this week arguing that legislative measures will not solve the underlying problems that lead to mass violence.
Charles J. Chaput, who was the archbishop of Denver during the 1998 Columbine massacre, opened his article by reiterating what he said in testimony before the U.S. Senate in the wake of that shooting. “The real problem [of Columbine-like violence in our culture] is in here, in us,” he asserted, going on to explain how American culture has increasingly glorified violence and selfishness.
Pointing to the social effects of widespread abortion especially, Chaput said that “certain kinds of killing no longer even count officially as ‘killing.’ Certain kinds of killing we enshrine as rights and protect by law. When we live this kind of contradiction, why are we surprised at the results?”
Chaput concluded his testimony 20 years ago by warning that “civility and community” in the U.S. are eroding, and that violence would likely continue.
Violence has been normalized in America’s culture, and faith is wholly absent, leading to a collapse of our moral fiber. Only with a renewal in traditional values will America rise back to a healthy society.