We are heartbroken that another Black man has lost his life to an act of racial brutality. We are sickened by the failure of our system to provide safety, equity, and justice for all, but especially for Black men, women, and children. We will not be silent.
A core value of Seton Center is Respect for the God-given dignity of all human life. We stand today and always in unity with people who are oppressed. Our mission is to address the systemic inequalities that condemn ANY population, and we will collaborate with individuals and community organizations to advocate for social justice.
Seton Center will be a leading catalyst for systemic change for a more vibrant, healthy community. We will unite as people of good will to demand change from our government as well as from ourselves to bring to an end to this disgrace to our democracy.
We stand with our Black brothers and sisters and demand justice and equality. Acknowledging that Black Lives Matter is not a call to exclude others, but a cry for our Black brothers and sisters to be heard after too many decades of being ignored. The seeds of white supremacy and racism were planted centuries ago. It is generational and ingrained in our lives. But if we are to call ourselves pro-life, it is past time for this evil to be rooted out. As 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.”
We pray for the Holy Spirit to change the hearts of those who cause pain and sow division among God’s children. We pray for Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, and all of our Black brothers and sisters who have suffered and died at the hands of an unjust system. We pray for the healing of our country and for God’s grace and protection.