Pax Christi USA – Statement on the death of George Floyd
PC Maine endorses this statement by PCUSA
Pax Christi USA is outraged and heartbroken over the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and so many others which reveal a complete disregard for the lives and dignity of People of Color in our nation. The racism that is at the heart of these incidents penetrates every aspect of life in the United States, seeding the terror that threatens communities of color and disfigures all our humanity. Pax Christi USA stands in solidarity with our siblings in Minneapolis who are protesting white supremacy with their voices and their bodies and we recommit ourselves to working to dismantle systemic racism in all its forms.
Pope John Paul II called racism “the most persistent and destructive evil of the nation.” As Catholics, it is not enough to relegate our concern to words, thoughts and prayers. Our church, at every level, must speak out boldly and unequivocally against the sin of racism, including the plague of police brutality aimed at George Floyd in Minneapolis this week. Our church- from our institutional leaders through the faithful in the pews- must let the injustice and violence of these needless deaths seep into our bones, rend our hearts and puncture our souls.