SAN ANTONIO — Some Catholic leaders from San Antonio have been spending time in Uvalde comforting the households impacted by Tuesday’s mass shooting at Robb elementary. So, this morning, the seventh annual arch-bishop’s prayer breakfast grew to become an opportunity to replicate.
The archbishop’s prayer breakfast had been deliberate lengthy earlier than the tragedy in Uvalde, however it’s the very first thing on everybody’s thoughts. San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg, who was in attendance, mentioned it was probability to assist San Antonio Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller.
“It’s an opportunity for us to hear, from his perspective, what’s happening with the families and also to support him because he carries a very large burden on all of our behalf’s including Uvalde right now,” Nirenberg mentioned.
The Archbishop has been in Uvalde for the previous two days with catholic charities providing providers to the neighborhood after a gunman violently took the lives of nineteen fourth graders and two lecturers.
“Right now, Catholic Charities is already in Uvalde,” mentioned Antonio Fernandez, CEO of Catholic Charities for the Archdiocese of San Antonio. “We spent the whole day yesterday with Therapists to provide Mental Health services to the community, to the families affected.”
The archbishop mentioned members of the catholic church, which is anti-abortion, ought to be as involved in regards to the lives lost to gun violence.
“To be consistent, that’s the challenge for believers.” San Antonio Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller mentioned. “If we do not respect every life as a principle, we are not pro-life.”
He mentioned that the work he’s most entails making certain that each life is revered.
“Every life is precious,” He mentioned. When requested if that angle might translate into assist for some variety of gun management or coverage change, the Archbishop responded: “We hope. We hope.”
“Guns have been the instruments, the tools for the many deaths and shootings in the United States,” he mentioned.
He even invoked the second commandment, evaluating the way in which individuals in the US deal with weapons to the worship of idols.
“Guns are considered idols in our country and particularly here in Texas,” García-Siller mentioned. “And until we surrender, and we stop idolatry, and we see people first before us, we’ll be able to be consistent with our message, faithful to the Gospel values and faithful to God.”