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Statement Regarding Kidnapping Plot Against Michigan’s Governor



GAYLORD, MICHIGAN — Bishop Walter A. Hurley, Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Gaylord, has released the following statement in response to news that several men are facing charges as they are accused of conspiring to kidnap Michigan’s Governor Gretchen Whitmer: 

“I am deeply saddened and disturbed by this threat against Governor Whitmer. On behalf of the Diocese of Gaylord, I would like to express our thanksgiving for Governor Whitmer’s safety and our gratitude to law enforcement whose swift action protected her from this tragedy. The Governor and her family are in our prayers during this difficult time. 

“Hostage taking and kidnapping are egregious acts of terrorism that demonstrate a shocking disregard for the dignity of the human person. As Catholics, we firmly believe that such acts are morally reprehensible, gravely going against the intrinsic values of life, justice and charity. Such evil should trouble us all. Instead of hatred and animosity — which breed violence and terrorism — we are called to love one another.”  




The Diocese of Gaylord was established by His Holiness Pope Paul VI on July 20, 1971. The territory encompasses 11,171 square miles and includes the 21 most northern counties of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. The region is home to nearly 50,000 Catholics, served by 75 parishes, 17 Catholic schools and many closely-related institutions. For more information, visit

Keywords: Roman Catholic Church, Diocese of Gaylord, Governor Gretchen Whitmer

Media Contact: Mrs. Mackenzie Ritchie, Director of Communications / / 989.705.3506

File: Statement Regarding Kidnapping Plot Against Michigan’s Governor

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