Most Rev. Robert J.
McClory, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Gary, today released a statement
about injustice and the protests that have sprung up in Northwest Indiana
following the killing of George Floyd.
Minn. police officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on Floyd’s neck for more than
eight minutes, while both Floyd and bystanders pleaded that he couldn’t
breathe, after Floyd was apprehended May 25 on suspension of forgery. Two
autopsies have since named Floyd’s cause of death homicide by asphyxia, and
Chauvin is being held at a state prison on charges of third degree murder
and second degree manslaughter.
varying degrees of size and volatility have taken place across the nation,
and regionally, in Hammond, Merrillville, Lansing, Ill., Calumet City, Ill.,
Michigan City, Valparaiso, Portage, and Gary, in response.
The test of the
Bishop’s statement in full:
“I share the
sentiments of my brother U.S. Bishops and join in their prayers for George
Floyd, his loved ones, and all those who experience racial injustice. We,
like so many of you, are outraged by his tragic death.
“In his statement
Sunday, Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles and
president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) observed
accurately that we need to finally root out the racial injustice that still
infects too many areas of American society.
“Every human person
is created beautifully in the image and likeness of God. We are called to
serve one another with mercy and love. In many communities, including
Northwest Indiana, people have gathered to express their extreme sadness,
justified frustration, and anger with the injustices that many in our nation
endure. Violence and self-destruction should be rejected. Peaceful protests
should be met with understanding and compassion.
“In a particular
way, I am asking our priests to include special prayer intentions in all our
Masses for an end to injustice and the scourge of racism, and that we be
inspired to bring compassion, mercy, and justice to this hurting world.
“Let us pray that
God will bring much needed healing to our communities and nation. Let us
pray for all victims of racial injustice. Let us pray for those in law
enforcement and public service who earnestly fight for the protection and
dignity of all human life.”