The chairman of the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs has expressed the bishops’ prayerful solidarity with Sikh community following the shooting at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin. Bishop Madden, an auxiliary bishop of Baltimore, noted the “warm and fruitful friendship” the Church has with the Sikh community and added:
The U.S. bishops stand with the Sikh community and reject all violence, particularly violence inflicted out of religious intolerance. We are especially saddened that this horrendous act was carried out in a house of prayer against people joined together as a family to worship God. Our prayers are with everyone touched by this, especially those who’ve lost family members and loved ones.