Statement from The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington on the anti-Semitic vandalism at George Washington University

November 1, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, November 1, The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington issued the following statement in response to weekend anti-Semitic violence on the campus of George Washington University:


The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington expresses its great sorrow at the anti-Semitic vandalism that occurred this weekend at the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity at George Washington University.  We stand with our Jewish brothers and sisters in repudiating the hatred and intolerance that lies behind such vile incidents.

In addition to the deeply troubling rise of anti-Semitic attacks in our nation, violence against numerous religious institutions has also been increasing. 

May all people of good will unite to work for peace and interreligious understanding, so that members of every religious tradition may worship God and express their beliefs freely, without fear of reprisal or violence.


The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington is home to more than 655,000 Catholics, 139 parishes and 90 Catholic schools, located in Washington, D.C., and five Maryland counties: Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s.

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