The Diocese of Grand Rapids’ Office of Communications issues the following statement from Bishop Walkowiak in response to the tragic shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
I stand in solidarity with my brother bishops of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in condemning all acts of violence and hate, and yet again calling on our nation and public officials to confront the plague of gun violence. Violence as a response to political, racial, or religious differences must be confronted with all possible effort.
No one should fear for their lives when gathering to worship. Please join me in praying for the deceased, the injured, their families, and everyone who witnessed this horrific hate crime. I ask the faithful of the Diocese of Grand Rapids to lift up our Jewish brothers and sisters in prayer in a special way.