Statement on the Mass Shooting at Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino
December 3, 2015  |  By:   |  Press Releases  |  


Most Reverend José H. Gomez

Archbishop of Los Angeles

December 3, 2015


It is hard to understand this kind of violence and the hatred that motivates it. We ask how people can do such things, what is in their hearts? In these times, we need to trust in the providence of God and rely on his mercy.

Our Christian faith tells us that we must overcome evil with good and respond to hatred with love. So this is our challenge in the days ahead.

The family of God here in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles mourns with the families and loved ones of those who were killed yesterday in San Bernardino. We pray for healing for the wounded. We ask that God give his wisdom and prudence to the public authorities and law enforcement officials who are seeking to make sense of this horrible crime. And we pray for the conversion of hearts that are hardened by hatred.

May the Blessed Virgin Mary, who is our mother and the mother of mercy, console those who are suffering and watch over all of us. And may God grant us peace.