Bishop of Catholic Diocese of Phoenix speaks out after attacks

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

PHOENIX -- The bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix spoke to the media Friday night about the attacks on two priests at the Mother of Mercy Mission church.

"How could you expect something like this? I was just stunned, completely stunned," said the most Rev. Thomas Olmsted.

The attacks killed the Rev. Kenneth Walker and left the Rev. Joseph Terra in the hospital. Olmstead said he was able to speak to Terra at the hospital.

"I've had the privilege of getting to know Father Terra well. He's a really beloved brother to me and being with him today was deeply moving. We were moved to tears more than once, but we had many smiles and laughs as well. But it was very hard to believe that it had happened," he said.

Olmstead said Terra is in stable condition and in lively spirits, even after the brutal attack and several surgeries to correct broken bones.

"I think it's a very difficult time for parishioners here. It's also a hard time for priests," Olmstead said.

But the Bishop says they will go forward in the name of Christ and through their faith in an ever-loving God.

"We move forward with faith that God is especially close to us when we suffer. Father Terra told me today, he said, 'I know that God will bring great good out of all this suffering,' " Olmstead said.

To donate to Walker's funeral expenses, visit his GoFundMe page.