My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and families of recent shootings in St. Paul, Baton Rouge, and Dallas. In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus teaches us that violence only leads to more violence. Please join me in praying that peace and empathy replace hate and vengeance; that citizens, law enforcement, and government leaders come together to quiet the disorder; and that trust, love, and faith will prevail as our nation moves ahead to more peaceful days.
Bishop Richard F. Stika
Roman Catholic Diocese of Knoxville