To the editor:
Concern is high. Once again we stand appalled at the violent loss of life at the hands of a young man gone gun crazy at a school campus. This then becomes the great media debate, hours and hours of talk on CNN, many opinions on possible future solutions. It is clear to me that we are never going to find a solution to this problem if we cannot definitively identify the problem. The arguments, pro and con, regarding gun control and gun legislation are endless; think of the Israelites going round and round the mountain for 40 years.
There is an elephant in the room! I believe we need to dig deeper, stand back and realize that what is lacking is conscience. Both collectively and individually, we have lost our way. Our consciences have become grossly underdeveloped. The late Archbishop Sheen once stated that if the conscience is overridden by allowing a wrong thing, then that opens the door for allowing more and more wrong things until the conscience itself ceases to function. This is evident by the headlines today. This is evident by ISIS. This is evident by violent games, movies, television. This is evident by hate crimes throughout the world.
The problem of conscience is complex, systemic and worldwide. The solution is going to have to be the same. It begins in the home, it begins with family. Pope Francis knows this. Developing a conscience begins with good parenting. Censorship of anything that promotes images of killing, bloodshed or violence is imperative. Where parenting fails, the Church needs to provide. The Church needs to guide us in rediscovering the importance of a good conscience. If all of our children would learn to follow the voice of God – conscience – then perhaps we could all live in a safer world.