Diocese issues weapons policy

Georgia Law on Weapons Effective July 1
Common Decree Issued by the Archdiocese of Atlanta and
Diocese of Savannah Related to Weapons

SAVANNAH – Wilton D. Gregory, Archbishop of Atlanta, and Gregory J. Hartmayer, OFM Conv., Bishop of Savannah have decided that a common decree for Catholic Churches in Georgia is necessary to provide guidance related to the possession of weapons on property owned, leased or operated by the Archdiocese of Atlanta, Diocese of Savannah or its institutions, including parish churches and schools, and in other locations during church or school sponsored activities.

The Common Decree Issued by the Archdiocese of Atlanta and Diocese of Savannah Related to Weapons effective on July 1 is available here. (en español)

Q & A: Pastoral Policy Related to Weapons

In a letter to Catholic priests in Georgia, Archbishop Gregory and Bishop Hartmayer stated, “This decree is rooted in our belief that our churches and other places of worship are intended to be sanctuaries—holy sites where people come to pray and to worship God. It is intended to recognize the rights of all who approach our churches while affording them the greatest protection possible.”

Frank Mulcahy, Executive Director for the Georgia Catholic Conference, commented about the decree saying, “This decree is consistent with our principles and with the position taken by so many other religious leaders who are concerned with the proliferation of weapons in society.”
 
For more information, contact: In the Savannah area, contact Barbara King at (912) 201-4051 or bdking@diosav.org.  In the Atlanta area, contact Pat Chivers at pchivers@archatl.com or (678)480-6865.

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