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Statement on Racism

Seton Catholic Preparatory Statement on Racism

June 9, 2020

Our hearts at Seton Catholic Preparatory are broken over the injustice and tragedy of the death of George Floyd. We are united with those who are in pain, crying for justice and peace. As our Holy Father Pope Francis said, “we cannot tolerate or turn a blind eye to racism and exclusion in any form and yet claim to defend the sacredness of every human life.”  Witnessing the pain in our communities and across our nation, we must do more to eradicate the sin of racism and bias from our hearts and our country. We must pray, educate, and act.

As followers of Christ, let us seek to reclaim the God-given sanctity of each person’s inviolable human dignity. We are called to consider and implement the guidance of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in their pastoral letter against racism which can be found here: Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love

As a school, we cannot ignore or condone injustice in any form – including racial injustice. To borrow from the words of Bishop Olmsted, “We cannot be numb. We cannot separate ourselves from the wrongs being perpetrated in our society. We must continue to stand in solidarity with those who are vulnerable and oppressed.”

The Seton Catholic Preparatory Mission, rooted in the charisms and values of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, communicates our commitment to diversity and justice. We must never rest until this is achieved. Together as a community, we pray for healing and the courage to seek justice. We pray to a loving God of mercy to extend His hand so we may find peace. St. Teresa of Avila tells us, “Christ has no body now but yours. No hands, no feet on earth but yours. Yours are the eyes through which he looks with compassion on this world. Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good.” 

On this day of his funeral, we continue praying for the repose of the soul of Mr. George Floyd and for his family and friends who mourn his death. Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord and may the perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, pray for us!

Resources and Links

Bishop Olmsted’s statement 

https://dphx.org/a-pastoral-statement-from-bishop-olmsted-to-the-diocese-of-phoenix/

Pope condemns 'sin of racism'

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=25&v=Ou2owd-efm4&feature=emb_logo

Bishop Shelton Fabre on the Death of George Floyd

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hfQvYelF_9k&feature=emb_title

What Can Catholics Do to Overcome Racism?

https://youtu.be/v6uyz2vBSgg

Inequalities explained:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4K5fbQ1-zps

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2KlmvmuxzYE&t=1s

Unconscious Bias

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LAFr7_CvZhA

USCCB response to Racism and Resources to respond: 

http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/racism/index.cfm