Like many, I often ponder the evil of mass shootings and other killings. Mass murder is mass murder in a sense, but something like an Islamic terrorist attack has a specific religious/political motivation. Other types of mass murder and suicide defy a clear explanation.
Here is a profound article that sheds light on the seemly baseless killings we have seen in the U.S., not only in terms of mass shootings, but also self-abuse like suicide, drug addiction, alcoholism, overeating, etc.
Our society has been working hard to oppose traditional moral norms and behavioral limits to promote limitless freedom, mostly in the realm of human sexuality. At the same time we promise inclusion and celebrate professional success. Where does this leave many Americans who are treading water or are about to drown in terms of their finances or their relationships?
If we are selling a world of limitless and misguided freedom “to be the best you can be,” all failures must be your own fault or someone else’s fault. If you are a minority you must be victim of racism. If a woman, it’s sexism that holds you back. Even if you were born a “privileged” white male, you can still be a victim of Corporate America or Big Government. Based on this and without God in your life to stabilize it, I can fathom a desperate struggle between deep self-loathing that results in self-killing, or deep resentment that causes someone to “snap” and kill others.
As the article puts it…
“..we toggle between desperate struggles for success and resentful demands for retribution.”
The funeral for Father Edward “Ed” Hinds will be celebrated today, Saturday, October 31, A.D. 2009 at 10:00am. The Mass will be the Rite of Christian Burial and simulcast live int he Saint Patrick Parish Center Gym, East/West Rooms, and Cafeteria. Additional audio will be provided outside.
This will be followed by a private burial.
The Repast will be at 11:30am at the Corpus Christi Parish Center, 234 Southern Boulevard, Chatham, New Jersey.
Bishop Arthur J. Serratelli of the Diocese of Paterson where Saint Patrick’s at Chatham is located had these moving words to say concerning the death of Fr. Hinds titled, A Life Cut Short: The Mystery of Evil:
Father Edward “Ed” Hinds was found dead in the rectory kitchen of 32 stab wounds late last week in the Diocese of
Fr. Ed Hinds
Paterson located in the area of Chatham, New Jersey. A suspect has been found who is the church janitor, Jose Feliciano. He is currently in a hospital because of an undisclosed ailment and has bail set on him of $1 million.
Details are emerging concerning the case. Mr. Feliciano has had financial and health-related worries. He was recently laid off his second job earlier in the year. Additionally The Star-Ledger (New Jersey) reports:
In addition, Hinds intended to lay off Feliciano because of money problems at St. Patrick Church, said Ken Mullaney, the attorney for the Diocese of Paterson.
Suspect, Jose Feliciano
Many parishioners are calling this a double tragedy since Mr. Feliciano was also part of the close Chatham community as well as with the parish of Saint Patrick.
For the previous article by the American Catholic click here.
For the most current article by The Star-Ledger as of this posting click here.
For a compilation of the latest news concerning the murder of Fr. Ed Hines click here. (The link may become inactive as time passes.)
Update I: I misspelled Father Edward Hinds name. It is Fr. Hinds, not Fr. Hines.
Update II: Information about Fr. Hinds funeral and more click here.
Father Edward “Ed” Hinds, the pastor of Saint Patrick Church in Chatham, New Jersey, was found slain early Friday morning by parishioners in the rectory when he failed to celebrate the 8:00am Mass.
This morning there was a congregation of roughly 300 parishioners that attended the 8:00 am Mass the day after the slaying. It was a somber and quiet mood as the parish remembered their dear priest who was the only pastor at the church and he also worked at the parish school.