Flags at the Washington Monument fly at half staff June 13 to honor those killed in a June 12 mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla. (CNS photo/Kevin Lamarque, Reuters)


Following the terror attack in Orlando, Bishop William Murphy of the Diocese of Rockville Centre issued the following statement on June 12, 2016:

I am sickened by this act of extreme violence, and mourn with the families of all those who were killed or injured.  I ask God to be merciful to the killer even as I offer my prayers for all the victims.  There is too much hatred and division in the world and, sadly, in our American society. Violence begets violence.  Hatred polarizes and undermines human dignity and, in this tragedy, destroys too many human lives. I will offer Mass tomorrow, atoning for all the victims and their families and I ask us all to stop and examine our hearts and our consciences.  If there is hatred or disrespect or desire to inflict harm in our hearts for any person at all, we must repent, seek God’s forgiveness and amend our ways.  The only way to conquer evil, as St Paul tells us, is by doing good.