Communications from the Vicar for Catholics
of African Descent on the death of George Floyd
Please find below statements on the death of Mr. George Floyd from Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, The Texas Conference of Catholic Bishops and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Father Reginald Samuels
Vicar for Catholics of African Descent Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston
Statement of Daniel Cardinal DiNardo - Death of George Floyd
MAY 29, 2020
Office of Communications
The Bishops of Texas recently issued a message of prayers and condolences to the family of George Floyd for the events in Minnesota earlier this week.
I want to add my own pastoral concern as George Floyd grew up in Houston. Many of his family and friends are still here and I speak my own sorrow for his death.
I also want to ask for the renewal of action that leads to the end of racism. This reality still lingers in our society today, even in Houston. We must continue to work to end this scourge on society.
TCCB Statement on Death of George Floyd
May 29, 2020
The Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops offers our prayers for George Floyd, his family and friends, and all those affected by his killing and the events that followed in Minnesota. As the US Bishops stated in their recent pastoral letter, "Open Wide Our Hearts," the injustice and harm racism causes are an attack on the dignity of human life. We pray for the Holy Spirit's guidance as we approach this season of Pentecost in order to work toward a society where justice, peace, and charity may be shared with all of God's children.
Statement of U.S. Bishops' President on George Floyd and the Protests in American Cities
May 31, 2020
WASHINGTON - Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has issued a statement on George Floyd and the protests in American cities that have taken place over the last several days. This follows the Friday statement from seven U.S. bishop chairmen of committees within the USCCB.
Archbishop Gomez's full statement follows:
The killing of George Floyd was senseless and brutal, a sin that cries out to heaven for justice. How is it possible that in America, a black man's life can be taken from him while calls for help are not answered, and his killing is recorded as it happens?
I am praying for George Floyd and his loved ones, and on behalf of my brother bishops, I share the outrage of the black community and those who stand with them in Minneapolis, Los Angeles, and across the country. The cruelty and violence he suffered does not reflect on the majority of good men and women in law enforcement, who carry out their duties with honor. We know that. And we trust that civil authorities will investigate his killing carefully and make sure those responsible are held accountable.
We should all understand that the protests we are seeing in our cities reflect the justified frustration and anger of millions of our brothers and sisters who even today experience humiliation, indignity, and unequal opportunity only because of their race or the color of their skin. It should not be this way in America. Racism has been tolerated for far too long in our way of life.
It is true what Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, that riots are the language of the unheard. We should be doing a lot of listening right now. This time, we should not fail to hear what people are saying through their pain. We need to finally root out the racial injustice that still infects too many areas of American society.
But the violence of recent nights is self-destructive and self-defeating. Nothing is gained by violence and so much is lost. Let us keep our eyes on the prize of true and lasting change.
Legitimate protests should not be exploited by persons who have different values and agendas. Burning and looting communities, ruining the livelihoods of our neighbors, does not advance the cause of racial equality and human dignity.
We should not let it be said that George Floyd died for no reason. We should honor the sacrifice of his life by removing racism and hate from our hearts and renewing our commitment to fulfill our nation's sacred promise - to be a beloved community of life, liberty, and equality for all