Washington D.C., Mar 22, 2021 / 16:30 pm America/Denver (CNA).
The U.S. bishops’ conference denounced racism and violence following last week’s shootings in Atlanta that killed six Asian women.
“I am deeply saddened to hear of another mass shooting that has tragically taken the lives of eight people and has renewed concerns about a rise in hostility against individuals of Asian descent,” stated Bishop Oscar Solis of Salt Lake City on Monday.
Solis chairs the U.S. bishops’ conference (USCCB) Subcommittee on Asian and Pacific Island Affairs, and is the first Filipino-born bishop in the United States.
“As bishops, we decry any kind of hatred and violence, particularly based on race, ethnicity, or sex,” Solis stated. “We pray for the families and friends of those who were lost, and for their communities, who may feel unsafe and vulnerable at this time.”
On March 16, a gunman killed eight people - including six Asian women - and injured one person during a series of shootings at three massage parlors in the Atlanta area. The suspect, Robert Aaron Long, 21, had frequented the parlors and had previously been in a rehabilitation program for sex addiction.