While I have not solicited help from my parishioners who are in law enforcement or in the army, active or retired, I have had at least two approach me and tell me that they are carried legally concealed weapons and have asked others they know to do so as well in order to intervene if, God forbid, someone entered and began firing.
What should bishops and pastors being doing to be more proactive about security at our church doors?
We have had long standing protocols in place at our schools with all the doors locked and ways to alert teachers if some emergency is developing.
We don’t have similar safeguards for CCD classes, especially on Sunday when our CCD buildings have a more fluid entry and exit similar to our church buildings.
Are we liable if some crazed gunman takes advantage of our lax security both for the church and any ancillary buildings on Sundays.
Do we have to pay off-duty law enforcement to guard us?