San Diego bishop reacts to fatal synagogue shooting

Bishop Robert McElroy expresses "profound sadness and outrage," asks priests to include victims and the Jewish community in petitions at Sunday Masses

Synogogue members walk past Chabad Community Center in Poway, California. (image from Shutterstock)

San Diego Catholic Bishop Robert W. McElroy issued a statement after today’s shooting, which left one person dead and three injured at a local synagogue. And he asked all the priests in the diocese to say prayers in Sunday Masses for the victims and for the Jewish community.

“Our hearts go out to everyone at Chabad House Poway for the senseless violence that took place earlier today. Houses of worship should be places of peace. Know that the entire Catholic Community of San Diego and Imperial Counties is keeping you in our prayers,” the Bishop said in a general statement.

The Bishop sent the following message to all the priests in the diocese:

“I know that you join in my profound sadness and outrage that violence born of hatred against people of faith has once again rent our nation, this time within our own diocese. I would ask you to include a prayer for the Jewish community and the Chabad victims in your petitions at Sunday Masses. I offer the following as one example you might wish to use:

“For the victims of the Chabad shootings and their families; for the Jewish community, our elder brothers in faith, who are once again subjected to the evil of anti-Semitic hatred and violence, this time in our own diocese; and for our world, so consumed by anger and division, that we might understand that the gift of peace you give in today’s Gospel is a command for us to love every man and woman in the human family; we pray to the Lord.”

Full story at Diocese of San Diego website.

Comments

  1. Det. John says

    OUR FATHER… HAIL MARY… GLORY BE…

  2. William Robert says

    Thank you Bishop McElroy. You are a man of faith and courage!

  3. Clinton R. says

    May the Jews be converted to Christ and His Holy Catholic Church. This is true love, to lead all men to Our Lord and His Church.

    • Anonymous says

      Clinton R.– there s a beautiful answer to this question you brought up, in the “Parable of the Good Samaritan,” found in St. Luke 10:25-37. Jesus answers the question beautifully, of “what does it really mean, to say you love God and your neighbor??” Very moving, also– the Jewish heroine who died, placing herself between the killer and her Rabbi! In the Parable– the original question asked of Jesus, was– “Teacher, what must I do, to inherit eternal life??” Surely the Jewish heroine is now held most lovingly in God’s Heart, in Heaven!

      • Clinton R. says

        May the Christ she did not know in this life be made known to her in death.

        • Anonymous says

          Yes! But as you can see– it looks like she had already fulfilled Christ’s requirements, as He explained, in the Good Samaritan parable! We cannot understand the ways of God. We should pray for victims of this terrible tragedy!

          • Clinton R. says

            Indeed, we should pray for the victims of all tragedies. And evangelize, that all men may come to Christ & His Holy Catholic Church.

  4. Oh, my gosh, this is the first I have heard about this. My prayers go out for all affected.

  5. Anonymous says

    Bishops’ statements are so ridiculously posturing.

  6. If only Bishop would profess such outrage at the killing of unborn abbies!!!!!!!!

  7. Danijela Brekalo says

    “to love every man and woman in human family” as the bishop says- excluding of course the babies in their mothers’ wombs. Otherwise, why does this bishop not protest against daily killing of innocent humans to the tune of over 3,000 in this country alone, including his own diocese? Why doesn’t he ask his priests to pray for the babies whose live as so mercilessly taken in abortion? Why doesn’t he ask for prayers for mothers and fathers who sacrifice their children on the altar of convenience?

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