In one story about the arrest of the man suspected as the murderer of Fr. Kenneth Walker in Phoenix, I read this:
PHOENIX (CBS5) –
The person who brutally attacked two Phoenix priests might have a lot of anger toward people and things associated with religion, a Phoenix Police Department spokesman said.
The violent nature of the crimes – the Rev. Kenneth Walker was shot multiple times and the Rev. Joseph Terra was brutally beaten – leads police to believe the attacker is angry at churches, priests or religion in general, said Sgt. Darren Burch of the department’s Silent Witness program.
Burch said there was a lot of anger and venom involved in the attacks in the rectory of the church on Wednesday.
Burch said the attacker might have previously outwardly exhibited anger toward religion or priests but might have become more withdrawn and not as visibly agitated since the attack.
We do not yet know the motive with clarity. Police suggested that it was, in part at least, a crime of opportunity.
However, if … if… the perp killed Fr. Walker our of hatred for the Christian religion, or for priests, or for some aspect of the Faith and how it must be lived, then there is an additional and important act to reflect on.
Until we know a lot more, we can merely keep our eyes peeled for more information and go about our business.