Photo slideshow: Holy Week pilgrimage against gun violence

Hundreds of Episcopalians from Connecticut and Washington, DC held a Holy Week pilgrimage for gun control as they marked the Stations of the Cross between the White House and Capitol Hill on Monday, March 25.

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“We as Christians are not going to go away until we have a culture of peace and reconciliation,” said Connecticut Bishop Ian Douglas, who presided at funerals for the victims of the shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., last year.

Washington Bishop Marianne Budde said the bishops were “disappointed” that Congress appears unwilling to go much beyond strengthened background checks for gun buyers, but “there’s not just one solution,” she said. “There are different paths and solutions to take … so we’re anxious to support what’s possible.”

RNS photos by Kevin Eckstrom.


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  • These people are idiots!

    Taking guns away from law-abiding citizens (violating the 2nd Amendment) only makes the scumbags more powerful and make school shootings easier and more likely.

  • Self-defense and the defense of the innocent are duties of all Christians. Those Christian duties can be fulfilled only by armed citizens. That is one reason the God-given right to keep and bear arms is specifically protected by the Second Amendment in addition to the more general protections provided by the Ninth and Tenth Amendments, as well as the un-amended Constitution itself. Those who were photographed were not on a pilgrimage, they were on an errand for Satan. They are trying to force the good to succumb to the wicked.

  • Incorrect.

    Jesus says nothing about “self defense”, but a whole lot about “loving your enemies”, “blessing those who curse you”, “not resisting an evil person”, “turning the other cheek”, and not living “an eye for an eye”.

    The right to bear arms is NOT God-given, but man-given.

    America gave us the 2nd Amendment. Jesus gave us the Sermon on the Mount.

    Christians have a higher law than man’s.

    Read the Gospels again.

  • Episcopalians are part of a “church” that turned their backs on God by embracing practicing gays as Bishops and other leadership positions!

    these anti-constitution people should be marching to get the gays out and allowing God back into their Satan-led church!

  • Would Jesus tell us to allow people like Hitler to take over because we can’t fight back? Would Jesus tell a father to stand back and allow his daughter or wife to be raped?


  • Episcopalians are part of a “church” that turned their backs on God by embracing practicing gays as Bishops and other leadership positions! Open gays “praying” is like a practicing child molester “praying”…only Satan hears those prayers.

    these anti-constitution people should be marching to get the gays out and allowing God back into their Satan-led church!

    Sandy Hook happened because the killer KNEW nobody there could defend themselves. Just ONE armed teacher would have saved a lot of lives!!

  • Romans 1:26-28
    King James Version (KJV)
    26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:

    27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.

    28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;

  • Would Jesus want you to watch your wife or daughter get raped while you stood by like a coward and allowed it to happen?

  • 1 Corinthians 14:34
    Women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission, as the law says.


  • I read the Gospels regularly. I have also literally turned the other cheek when struck by a criminal. But how do you turn the other cheek to a murderer? What does it mean to turn the other cheek to a man who is killing children with a pitchfork? You are perfectly free to avoid self-defense, but you have no right to impose your will on others. You are also perfectly free to allow evil men to rape and murder the innocent, but you have no right to prevent others from protecting the innocent.

    As for the Second Amendment, you are clueless. All rights are given by God. Thus the right protected by the Second, Ninth and Tenth Amendments existed before the Second Amendment was even written. That is clear from the wording of the Amendment, as well as the wording of the Declaration of Independence. The patriots who risked their lives and fortunes to give us the Constitution also repeatedly made it clear that the right to keep and bear arms is essential to Liberty. Your desire to destroy Liberty does not end with your attack on the Second Amendment, it is only a continuation of the attack on all human rights. I actively supported so-called “common sense” gun control laws until 1994 when the scales fell from my eyes.

  • As has happened in several other cases, but not in Bath, Ohio or New London, Texas where more children were killed. If criminals are more powerfully enabled by more of Satan’s “gun-control” laws, then they will follow the proven pathways to more efficient killing by using bombs and fire.

  • I grew up as a Southern Baptist and am now an Episcopal clergyman. Your response is one of the reasons why.

  • Relax, people. Southern Baptist is just kidding. Nobody serious – especially one calling himself a Christian – could possibly be such a retrograde dolt.

  • Holy week is about salvation and about the sacrifice of Jesus Christ to reconcile mankind to God. Staging this political sideshow and using Holy Week as a backdrop is a disgrace.

  • You can quote all of the scripture you want but you don’t get to judge. Not your place. I don’t agree with my fellow Episcopal brothers and sisters using our religion for a political cause but I don’t question their right to do it. I certainly don’t agree with the fire and brimstone baptists and the hate and judgement they force on everyone but I support their right to do it as well.

    I am an Episcopalian and I carry a .45 ACP along with my BCP.