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Black Lives Matter!

Statement – Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales issued the following statement on 3 June:

We stand in solidarity with our sisters and brothers in the USA as they challenge the evil of racism and the brutal killing of George Floyd. As the US Bishops made clear: “we cannot turn a blind eye to these atrocities and yet still try to profess to respect every human life. We serve a God of love, mercy, and justice.

Systemic racism is embedded in our own society. The disproportionate harm suffered by BAME people throughout the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted profound inequalities, marginalisation and injustice here in the UK. The peaceful Black Lives Matter protests taking place in our towns and cities this week reflect the understandable anger that so many people feel about this.

As Catholics we recognise that racism is an evil which must be opposed; we all have a responsibility for actively promoting racial justice. Whenever we ignore racism or dismiss BAME people’s experience of it, we are complicit in violations of human dignity. We pray for God’s help to overcome racism in all its forms and that we might protect everyone who suffers its consequences. We are all made in God’s image.

Bishop Declan Lang

Lead Bishop for International Affairs

Bishop Paul McAleenan

Lead Bishop for Racial Justice

Photo: Bishop Mark Seitz takes the knee at a Black Lives Matter rally in El Paso, Texas, on June 1, 2020. Courtesy of Fernie Ceniceros/Catholic Diocese of El Paso

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