Bishop Michael Barber of the Diocese of Oakland robbed at gunpoint throughout afternoon stroll; “I used to be scared … Possibly that is it” – CBS San Francisco
OAKLAND (CBS SF) – Bishop Michael Barber of the Diocese of Oakland was robbed at gunpoint over the weekend while on his afternoon stroll saying his rosary near the Paramount Theater, church officials confirmed Tuesday.
At Pentecost Sunday Mass, Bishop Barber shared the light of the frightening encounter on Saturday afternoon with parishioners in Christ’s Cathedral.
“I’m going to mention that today and then I’ll shut up,” said Barber. “Yesterday, at 3 p.m., I went for a walk through our neighborhood. I go out in the afternoon and go and say the rosary. A man pulled a gun at me, pointed it at me and said, ‘Give me your wallet. “
Barber said in his mind that he thought his life might end soon and that he might become the youngest victim of gun violence in Oakland.
“I was shocked. I was scared.” Maybe it is, “I said …” I’m sorry for my sins, Lord, “said Barber.” I took out my wallet and shivered and he said, ‘Give me the money, give me the money. “I gave him the money and then he saw my bishop’s ring. He said,” Give me the ring. ” “
“I was scared. I would rather have my life, so I gave him the ring. The ring that I was consecrated with by the Archbishop when I was appointed bishop. The ring that means I am married to the Diocese of Oakland It is just as valuable to me as your wedding ring is to you. “
He said the shooter then rode off on his bike. Barber was not only shocked but also unharmed.
In his sermon, Barber said he hoped this would not happen to his parishioners, but that he would forgive the suspect.
“The only way to defeat evil and crime and hatred is to pour out the love of Jesus wherever we find evil and crime and hatred and the like,” he said.
The Oakland Police Department said they are actively investigating the armed robbery. In the city, the number of armed robberies this year has increased by 50% compared to 2020.