DATE: February 28, 2017

RE: Threats of violence against Jewish institutions

FROM: Most Rev. John O. Barres, Bishop, Diocese of Rockville Centre

The disheartening recent news that a number of Jewish centers and schools here on Long Island have received threats of violence is a sobering reminder of our need for constant vigilance to guard against any forms of hatred or prejudice which may exist among us.

Last November, Pope Francis met with leaders of world religions and invited all people of good will to unite so we can be delivered from such acts. He said, “May there be clear condemnation of these iniquitous attitudes that profane the name of God and sully the religious quest of mankind.”

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre unequivocally condemns these threats and most especially asserts that such actions are completely inconsistent with a genuinely Christian way of life. We stand in solidarity with our Jewish friends and neighbors and promise them our support and prayers.