Mass Catholic Conference

Statement by Bishop William Byrne, regarding vandalism at Bethlehem House in Easthampton

Bishop William D. Byrne, the Bishop of Springfield (MA) has issued the following statement in response to vandalism which occurred August 18 at Bethlehem House in Easthampton.
Bethlehem House is a pro-life ministry located in Easthampton which is run by volunteers and that provides women and their families facing a crisis pregnancy free diapers, wipes, baby clothes, strollers, pack-and-plays, car seats and strollers. In addition, it offers free pregnancy resources, including referrals for employment, health care, and educational services. They assist families until the baby is 18 months old.
 “I was very sad to hear that vandals targeted Bethlehem House last night. The messages spray painted on the outside of the building appear to have one purpose and that is to intimidate the good people who depend on the assistance provided there, along with those who volunteer at Bethlehem House whose sole purpose is to help women and their families facing a crisis pregnancy.”
 “No matter where you stand on the issue of abortion, I pray all people of goodwill will join me in condemning this act and all acts of vandalism and violence against any group. We are a people of life called to lead with love. That’s what we will continue to do. Please join me in praying for all affected by this incident.”