US Bishops Condemn ‘Horrific Onslaughts’ After Texas Shooting

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops on Sept. 1 condemned the “horrific onslaughts” in its ninth response to gun violence this year in the aftermath of a mass shooting, this time following a shooting spree in West Texas that left seven people dead and more than 20 injured.

Religious Leaders Urge U.S. to Keep Refugee Resettlement Program

Several women’s religious orders, individual women religious and Catholic organizations such as Pax Christi and Jesuit Refugee Service were among more than 500 religious leaders and groups who signed an Aug. 23 letter to President Donald Trump urging his administration not to go through with plans to possibly end the country’s refugee resettlement program.

Pope Francis in Sorrow After the Two Massacres

Pope Francis joined Catholic Church leaders in expressing sorrow after back-to-back mass shootings in the United States left at least 31 dead and dozens injured in Texas and Ohio Aug. 3 and 4.

Texas Prelate Walks Back Criticism of Trump After Shootings

Less than 24 hours after calling out President Donald Trump for “hate and racism,” San Antonio Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller walked back those comments in a statement saying he regretted that they “were not focused on the issues but on an individual.”

In Letter, Pope Encourages Priests Dejected by Abuse Crisis

Pope Francis acknowledged the shame and frustration felt by priests who are discouraged by the actions of fellow clergy members who betrayed the trust of their flock through sexual abuse and abuse of conscience and power.

San Antonio Archbishop Condemns Trump’s ‘Hate and Racism’

One U.S. prelate has gone where none have dared to go before: Directly condemning President Donald Trump for racism. In a series of tweets on Monday evening, San Antonio’s Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller pleaded with Trump to “stop hate and racism, starting with yourself.”

California Catholics Urged to Pray for Defeat of Medication Abortion Bill

Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of San Francisco is urging Catholics in the archdiocese to join in a novena for the defeat of a “dangerous and unprecedented” bill requiring California State and University of California college health centers to provide medication for abortions.