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Catholic Bishops in Wisconsin: Keep Guns Out of Churches

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

On Tuesday Wisconsin's Right-to-Carry law went into effect, which means this Sunday will be the first day that parishioners will be allowed to bring guns into churches. However Catholic bishops in the state are asking that people leave their weapons at home.

Reuters reports that the archbishop of Milwaukee and the bishops from Madison, La Crosse, Green Bay and Superior issued a joint statement in which they said guns do not belong in church.

"Intuitively, we understand that acts of violence, destruction, and murder are antithetical to the message and person of Jesus Christ and have no rightful place in our society, especially sacred places."

The bishops said the decision to ban guns will be made by individual churches:

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"Whatever an individual parish decides to do regarding its policy on concealed weapons, we ask that all people seriously consider not carrying weapons into church buildings as a sign of reverence for these sacred spaces."

On the first day of the law some 80,000 application forms were downloaded from the Wisconsin Department of Justice website, spokeswoman Dana Brueck said.