Bishop Joe S. Vasquez released the following statement on Monday, June 13, in response to Sunday's mass shooting in Orlando:
Hate in all of its manifestations is a violation of God’s commandment, do not kill.
The tragic violence in Orlando Sunday morning was steeped in hate. We pray for the grieving family and friends of this massacre. I ask all in the Diocese of Austin to pray daily that hatred and anger will be removed from the hearts of everyone. Let us speak out against those who disrespect or abuse others because of their race, gender, social class, or sexual orientation. If we fail to manifest the love of Christ in these situations, who will? Every person is a child of God and is loved by God. Jesus revealed the depth of this on the Cross. Let us never fail to recognize Christ’s presence in any person who is insulted, ridiculed, abused or injured by others.
A Prayer for Days of Terrorist Attacks, Mass-Shootings, and other Human-Made Catastrophes