November 14, 2011

Wisconsin's bishops have urged Catholics not to take weapons to church even though a new state law went into effect Nov. 1 allowing those with permits to carry concealed weapons.

In an Oct. 31 statement, the bishops said they were not mandating that parishes prohibit concealed weapons but advised parishioners to "seriously consider not carrying them into church buildings as a sign of reverence for these sacred spaces."

The bishops wrote that natural law and constitutional tradition uphold individual freedom as an intrinsic human right.

"True freedom, however, is not a license to do whatever we choose.

Rather, it is the ability to do what we morally ought to do, to build a just society and to glorify God, who is the author of all liberty and the source of human dignity."