Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory and Bishop Gregory J. Hartmayer said they support the Religious Freedom Restoration Act but not implementation in a way that will discriminate against any individual.
Activists and death penalty opponents at a summit addressed capital punishment's "indefensible" moral, economic and human toll. Speakers included the daughter of an executed inmate,a civil rights icon and others.
"We must deal with the world as it is, not as we might wish it to be. The status quo in our movement’s membership standards cannot be sustained."
The State Board of Pardons and Parole in Georgia on Tuesday rejected pleas from Catholic and other death penalty opponents that death-row inmate Warren Lee Hill be given clemency because he has a low IQ.
His execution by lethal injection scheduled for that evening was to go forward as scheduled at the state prison in Jackson, unless the U.S. Supreme Court intervened. News reports said he had come within hours of execution three times before in recent years.
Guns and other weapons are officially unwelcome at Catholic churches, schools and other buildings owned, leased or operated by the Atlanta archdiocese and the diocese of Savannah in Georgia.
Atlanta Archbishop Wilton Gregory and Savannah Bishop Gregory Hartmayer issued a decree prohibiting guns and knives with blades longer than 5 inches from parishes, churches, schools, administrative offices and other buildings owned or used by the Catholic community effective July 1.
Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta pledged to restrict the presence of guns in Catholic institutions in response to a new Georgia law that would allow licensed gun owners to carry arms into schools, churches and other locales.
Set to take effect July 1, the law was opposed by the Georgia Catholic Conference.
Writing in his column in the May 1 issue of the Georgia Bulletin, newspaper of the Atlanta archdiocese, the archbishop said he regrets the enactment of the new law "more than I can possibly express."
Atlanta Archbishop Wilton Gregory announced Saturday that he will vacate the archbishop's residence in early May and move into another available archdiocesan property.
Charles Reginald Moore was the first African-American to graduate from St. Joseph's High School in Atlanta. Entering in the fall of 1962, when the first black students desegregated Catholic schools in the Atlanta archdiocese, Moore came in as a junior.
Fifty years ago, the bishops of Georgia and South Carolina decided it was the right time to desegregate their Catholic schools.
Peace Corps volunteers' experiences reveal the world to them and open their eyes to the global church.