By Bishop Paul
As many know by now, another school shooting took place at Santa Fe High School in Texas last week, during which 10 people were killed. The student who committed this act had a shotgun and a handgun that he had hidden under his trench coat. I issued a statement several months ago on the Florida high school shooting. While I still stand by that statement, I realize it is an imperfect solution to a very complex issue.
In the next few months, I would like to take the time to share some thoughts on the Church’s teaching on the Sanctity of Life. As a reference, please read the Holy Synod’s Encyclical on the Marriage, Family, and Sanctity of Life.
There are a number of themes I would like to address in the coming weeks/months, including
- the question of whether some lives are more sacred than others.
- the Church’s teaching that all life is sacred, from conception to the grave.
- the idea that “it’s my body, so it’s my choice.”
- the question of whether, as Orthodox Christians, we can exercise a voice in the political process without it becoming ideological.
- the question if there are times in which we need to realize that certain issues cannot be resolved by legislation.
I will be calling upon others who are better suited than I to speak on some of these issues to share their thoughts.
A blessed Pentecost Feast to all of you.