Bishops across Canada have condemned racism and encouraged peaceful protest amid the global wave of outrage at the killing of George Floyd.
‘These protests reflect justifiable anger and frustration,’ Vancouver Archbishop Michael Miller wrote in a pastoral letter on 7th June. ‘Racist attitudes and discrimination have been tolerated for far too long.’
Racism is not just an American problem, Archbishop Miller wrote, drawing attention to the suffering of indigenous Canadians.
‘The fight against racism requires a personal change of heart. What is needed is a genuine interior conversion – the long road of conversion that will compel personal change and systemic social reform.’
A statement from the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops called racism ‘the denigration of humankind, the denial of God-given rights’.
Picture: A woman wearing a protective mask takes part in a protest against racial inequality and police brutality in Montreal on 7th June 2020. Bishops across Canada have condemned racism and encouraged peaceful protest amid the global wave of outrage at the police killing of George Floyd, an unarmed African American. (CNS photo/Christinne Muschi, Reuters).