Statement from Supreme Knight Carl Anderson
"In the face of such unimaginable horror that took so many innocent lives in Newtown, Connecticut, it is so easy to give into despair and to put aside hope. But when facing such violence and evil a person’s true quality often rises to the surface at that decisive moment. Teacher Victoria Soto showed her true quality in her valor and devotion to her students when she, without hesitation, sacrificed herself to save them. Principal Dawn Hochsprung courageously went to confront the killer that had entered her school and ended her life. As reports indicated in every instance the staff at that school acted solely to protect their children even to the endangerment of their own lives. We also saw the courage of the first responders who – even when faced with scenes of unimaginable horror – went professionally about their duties to bring the survivors to safety as quickly as possible. There was the different kind of bravery of those members of the clergy and those who had to bring the most terrible news possible to the parents of the children killed in this tragedy, and then stayed with them to provide whatever comfort is possible in such a moment."
"In the face of such senseless violence, we need to take the examples of the strength and courage shown by their people and so many others and we need to draw hope from that. “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:13). In Newtown last Friday, we saw this love in the face of an almost incomprehensible tragedy from so many."
"Our deepest condolences go out to the families and victims of the people of Newtown. I ask my brother Knights and their families throughout the Order to join myself and my family in remembering them in their prayers."
Statement from Supreme Chaplain Archbishop William E. Lori