Archbishop Nelson Perez Statement on the Death of George Floyd and Racial & Social Injustice
Archbishop Pérez issued the following response to all the faithful of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia regarding the death of George Floyd at the hands of police on the streets of Minneapolis. In addition, he was one of several committee chairmen from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to co-author a statement on this same topic, which can be found at the US Bishops website usccb.org.
“The hearts of Americans across the country are joined together in collective mourning following the tragic, disturbing, and unnecessary death of George Floyd. In the name of the people of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, I express my prayerful condolences and join with all who are struggling to cope with this heavy burden of sorrow and grief.
Recent events in Minneapolis are a stark reminder that the vile evil of racism has not been stamped out in this country. Rather, it has been resurgent in communities throughout our land for the last several years with old wounds being painfully ripped open time and again.
Racial hatred has no place in our world, including here in the United States, or in the hearts of people. Every life is a precious gift from God. Racism is a mortal sin and an attack on that gift. All of us share a responsibility to bring an end to this evil and to do so in a way that seeks justice and peace. The perpetual cycle of pain and anguish must end.
May God give all of us courage and solace as we work together for social justice and to preserve our land as one of equality and opportunity for every citizen. May He bring peace to Minneapolis and to our Philadelphia region and may He rekindle within each of our hearts true love and respect for our fellow human beings.“
+Most Reverend Nelson J. Pérez
Archbishop of Philadelphia