Statement of Bishop George V. Murry S.J. of Youngstown On the Shooting at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina
Monday, 22 June 2015 00:00


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FOR RELEASE  Immediate DATE SENT June 19, 2015
SUBJECT          Statement of Bishop George V. Murry S.J. of Youngstown On the
                         Shooting at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina

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Any loss of life by violence is tragic. The loss of the lives of the Reverends Clementa
Pinckney, Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, and Daniel Simmons Sr.; Depayne
Middleton 
Doctor, Ethel Lance, Susie Jackson, Cynthia Hurd, Tywanza Sanders,
Myra Thompson
at Charleston's historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church is
even more tragic because they were praying and studying the Scriptures, where Jesus
calls us to love one another.

This heartbreaking event cannot help but touch all of us who believe because those
women and men who died were our sisters and brothers in Christ. Moreover, this event
once again reminds us that as a nation we have a long way to go to overcome the history
of racial hatred in the United States and the resulting mass violence.

As people of faith, we must stand with our neighbors in Charleston, South Carolina and
condemn this senseless act of violence. As people of good will we must come to grips
with the foul systemic issue of racism and commit ourselves yet again to efforts for
justice and peace. As Catholic Christians we must know and proclaim that every life
matters from conception to natural death and grieve, mourn, heal, and pray:

Lord our God,
you are always faithful and quick to show mercy.
Our brothers and sisters
were suddenly and violently taken from us.
Come swiftly to their aid,
have mercy on them,
and comfort their families and friends
by the power and protection of the Cross.
Through Christ our Lord.


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