Bishops urge end to hateful rhetoric that many see as factor in shootings
Three US bishops’ committee chairmen have called on the nation’s elected officials “to exert leadership in seeking to heal the wounds” of the country caused by last weekend’s mass shootings and urged an end to hateful rhetoric many see as a factor in the violence particularly in Texas.
“The tragic loss of life of 22 people this weekend in El Paso demonstrates that hate-filled rhetoric and ideas can become the motivation for some to commit acts of violence,” the bishops said in a joint statement. “The anti-immigrant, anti-refugee, anti-Muslim, and anti-Semitic sentiments that have been publicly proclaimed in our society in recent years have incited hatred in our communities.”
The statement was issued by the Bishop of Austin, Texas, Joe S. Vasquez, chairman of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration; the Bishop of Venice, Florida, Frank J. Dewane, chairman of the USCCB Committee on Domestic Social Development; and the Bishop of Houma-Thibodaux, Louisiana, Shelton J. Fabre, chairman of the USCCB Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism.
“Hatred and harsh rhetoric were echoed in the El Paso shooter’s explanation about why he committed this weekend’s shooting,” they said.
Picture: A man walks past a memorial 0n 7th August, for those killed in a mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio, four days earlier. Three US bishops’ committee chairmen issued a statement on 8th August to call on the nation’s elected officials “to exert leadership in seeking to heal the wounds” of the country caused by the 3rd and 4th August mass shootings and urged an end to hateful rhetoric many see as a factor in the violence particularly in Texas. The 3rd August shooting in El Paso, Texas, was followed less than 24 hours later by the mass shooting in Dayton on 4th August. (CNS photo/Bryan Woolston, Reuters).