The following statement from Johnny Zokovitch, Executive Director of Pax Christi USA, was released earlier today to the press. Pax Christi USA encourages all of our members to read and reflect on this statement from New Ways Ministry and to join in demonstrations and vigils in support of the LGBTQ community in the wake of this tragedy.
“In the wake of the shooting in Colorado Springs, Pax Christi USA joins New Ways Ministry in calling on Catholic leaders in dioceses, parishes, Catholic universities and schools across the U.S. to make clear both their condemnation of violence against members of the LGBTQ community and their efforts to end discrimination against LGBTQ people,” stated Johnny Zokovitch, Pax Christi USA Executive Director.
“We mourn for those whose lives were cut so tragically short at the intersection of hate and gun violence, a story that reverberates from Orlando to Pittsburgh to Charleston, from Buffalo to Uvalde to Colorado Springs. We grieve with the families and friends of those killed and pray for the healing of those injured. And we recommit ourselves – even in the face of the intransigence of elected leaders – to work for a world where the human dignity of all is respected and our government enacts reasonable restrictions on guns.”