Bishop Richard J. Malone, bishop of Buffalo, issued the following statement in response to the school shootings in Newtown, Conn.
"Like all Americans, I was shocked at this horrific tragedy and remember in prayer those affected, and send my condolences to those grieving, especially parents and family, school staff and first responders. I offered Mass, privately in my chapel, on Sunday (Dec. 15) for all involved. School security and safety is a priority in our diocese, but we will review our policies and procedures again in light of this terrible slaughter of innocent children and adults."
Statement from The Vatican
"The Holy Father was promptly informed of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown and he has asked me to convey his heartfelt grief and the assurance of this closeness in prayer to the victims and their families, and to all affected by the shocking event. In the aftermath of this senseless tragedy he asks God, our Father, to console all those who mourn and to sustain the entire community with the spiritual strength which triumphs over violence by the power of forgiveness, hope and reconciling love."
Cardinal Tarcisio Berton
Secretary of State
Diocese of Bridgetport statement to St.Rose of Lima Parish, Newtown, Conn.
On this Gaudete Sunday we realize how quickly our joy can be turned to sorrow and how our faith can be challenged. On behalf of the clergy, religious and all the Faithful of the Diocese of Bridgeport I extend my prayers and condolences to the families of the victims of the tragic shooting Friday at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Our concern and support go out to the whole community of Newtown as you try to assist and support one another, especially those who were directly impacted. I want to thank Msgr. Weiss and Fathers Ortigas and Suarez for their presence and care immediately on learning what was taking place at the school.
I assure you that the Diocese is ready and willing to make available whatever resources it can to assist those affected by this tragedy, including counselors from Catholic Charities.
As we continue our journey toward the Christmas Feast, may our hope for the peace and comfort of the Divine Savior, be a true source of assurance of His loving presence in our lives.
Monsignor Jerald A. Doyle
Diocese of Bridgeport, Conn.