For Release :
Statement of The Most Reverend John J. Myers, Archbishop of Newark, On Recent Bias Crime Incidents Against Jewish Communities in Bergen County
Today, we gather as people of faith to decry the violence that bad people have brought to members of the Jewish communities in Maywood, Hackensack, Paramus and Rutherford. These actions are an abomination against all good people.
It is no surprise that Catholic communities live and worship in each of these same towns. It should also come as no surprise that we stand together to call for justice and an end to hatred.
Pope John Paul II once said that Jews and Christians are called to be a blessing to the world, a blessing to each other.
While we can be thankful today that the venom spewed out in these senseless acts has brought only slight physical harm to any of our older brothers and sisters in faith, we need to be clear about this: any act that seeks to intimidate or limit the free expression of religion is an attack on all faiths. We must be ever vigilant to guard and preserve not only the freedom to profess our own faith, but also the freedom of all good people to profess their faith.
Let us all pray that the God of Abraham, whose children we all are, will give wisdom, strength and perseverance to whose charged with finding the perpetrators of these crimes. Let us pray for justice for those harmed by this violence. Let us also pray because, in a free society, it is our God-given right to do so.