Bishop Burbidge Responds to Church Shooting in Texas



The Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge, Bishop of the Diocese of Arlington, stands in solidarity with his brother bishops of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in expressing deep regret and sorrow for those killed in the church shooting in Texas last night, as well as for those injured. Soon after hearing the news of the shooting, Bishop Burbidge tweeted, “May we be united in our prayers for the victims of the shooting in Texas church and for the end of all horrific violence in our world.” 


From: President of U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Responds to Mass Shooting in Texas

November 5, 2017

WASHINGTON—Cardinal Daniel N DiNardo, of Galveston-Houston, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has issued the following statement in response to today’s mass shooting during a church service in Sutherland Springs, Texas. 

Cardinal DiNardo’s full statement follows:

“Earlier today, we heard of the mass shooting at the Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.  With Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller, I extend my prayers and the prayers of my brother bishops for the victims, the families, the first responders, our Baptist brothers and sisters, indeed the whole community of Sutherland Springs.  We stand in unity with you in this time of terrible tragedy -- as you stand on holy ground, ground marred today by horrific violence.   

We ask the Lord for healing of those injured, His loving care of those who have died and the consolation of their families.   

This incomprehensibly tragic event joins an ever-growing list of mass shootings, some of which were also at Churches while people were worshipping and at prayer.  We must come to the firm determination that there is a fundamental problem in our society.  A Culture of Life cannot tolerate, and must prevent, senseless gun violence in all its forms. May the Lord, who Himself is Peace, send us His Spirit of charity and nonviolence to nurture His peace among us all.”