Catholic leaders say Floyd’s death, demonstrations a ‘wake-up call’

As the nation was gripped by widespread unrest over the weekend in response to the killing of yet another unarmed black man by a police officer last week, U.S. Catholic leaders said recent events served as a “wake-up call” to the racism that continues to plague the country, while encouraging non-violent protests as a means of effective resistance.

On Friday, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) took the unusual step of issuing a joint statement signed by seven committee heads calling the death of George Floyd and other recent high profile attacks against people of color as a “wake-up call that needs to be answered by each of us in a spirit of determined conversion.”

“We are broken-hearted, sickened, and outraged to watch another video of an African American man being killed before our very eyes,” the bishops wrote.

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