USA    BISHOPS BLAME CONSUMERISM FOR VIOLENCE
The archbishops of Oklahoma City and Denver - who this month are remembering extreme acts of violence in their respective cities - have published a joint document identifying consumer values as the source of violence.
   Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver and Archbishop Eusepio Beltran of Oklahoma City wrote that violence is the outcome of a consumer culture which denies the value of human life.
   The document commemorates the anniversaries of two strikingly bloody events - the 19 April 1995 bombing of a federal building in Oklahoma City which caused 168 deaths, and the 20 April 1999 gun massacre perpetrated by two students at Columbine High School in suburban Denver.
   "We have confused freedom with the possibility of choosing, and transformed individual rights into a kind of idolatry," wrote the archbishops. "We live in a society "in which the car which is carrying the sign 'Welcome Life' is damaged with the accusation that it is carrying a political message against the so-called women's right of choice". The way out, they conclude, is in the "conversion" for "joining our paths with that of Christ's salvation".
   
Vidimus Dominum
25/4/00

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