Unite in a Spirit of Hope
In case there is any confusion about the Catholic position on the events of last week, below is a statement issued by Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, the President of the United States Conference
of Catholic Bishops the day after it happened:
"As we learn more about the horrible events of yesterday, our prayer turns today, on the Lord's Day, to the people of Charlottesville who offered a counter example to the hate marching in the streets. Let us unite ourselves in the spirit of hope offered by the clergy, people of faith, and all people of good will who peacefully defended their city and country.
We stand against the evil of racism, white supremacy and neo-nazism. We stand with our sisters and brothers united in the sacrifice of Jesus, by which love's victory over every form of evil is assured. At Mass, let us offer a special prayer of gratitude for the brave souls who sought to protect us from the violent ideology displayed yesterday. Let us especially remember those who lost their lives. Let us join their witness and stand against every form of oppression."
I am grateful for this strong statement against racism and violence from our Bishops and I ask that we as a community continue to pray and work for Christian unity and that we may have the courage and strength to stand up for what is right.