“We are horrified by the shooting of five police officers in Dallas, and the fact that someone took advantage of a peaceful Black Lives Matter protest to cause chaos and violence.
We are horrified by the shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile by police in Baton Rouge, LA and just outside St. Paul Minnesota.
We deplore violence in all its forms. Our patron, St. Francis of Assisi, who followed in the footprints of Jesus, commanded his followers not to bear arms and to greet others with “Peace and All Good.”
Violence is not the solution to violence. We hold in prayer all these victims of senseless violence and their loved ones.
But now we must do more than pray.
As Catholics and people of faith who support a culture of life it's important for us to stand up and speak out against these acts of violence.
We must demand more transparency and training for our law enforcement, in order to ensure that people of color are not killed by police for just being pulled over, having a broken taillight, or for selling CDs in front of a store.
We must demand expanded comprehensive background checks and a ban on high capacity weapons and magazines.
We must once again start seeing each other as children of God, all created in God’s image.”
We invite you to urge your members of Congress to do something about these acts of violence. Urge your state legislators to act to eliminate differences in treatment based on race. Then, pray.