Seven of the United States Catholic Bishops issued a statement on the recent incident involving the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. The Catholic Bishops unequivocally stated:
We are broken-hearted, sickened, and outraged to watch another video of an African American man being killed before our very eyes. What’s more astounding is that this is happening within mere weeks of several other such occurrences. This is the latest wake-up call that needs to be answered by each of us in a spirit of determined conversion.
Racism is not a thing of the past or simply a throwaway political issue to be bandied about when convenient. It is a real and present danger that must be met head on. As members of the Church, we must stand for the more difficult right and just actions instead of the easy wrongs of indifference. 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.
At Notre Dame High School, our primary mission is the Catholic education and formation of the students entrusted to our care and solicitude. We would be remiss in our duties as Catholic educators not to speak out against racism and injustice. Notre Dame High School promotes the fundamental dignity of every human life and stands against any use or form of violence as we have seen in our nation’s streets these past days.
Yesterday with the celebration of the birthday of the Church, the feast of Pentecost, we are reminded that our diversity is our greatest strength. Let us pray for our nation and our young people in this most difficult time.
Located on 100 beautiful acres in Central New Jersey, Notre Dame High School, founded in 1957, is a college preparatory school for grades 9 - 12, preparing young men and women for lives of purpose, built upon a foundation of Catholic faith, with a commitment to academics, co-curricular activities and service to others.