Catholic diocese calls for US citizens to love one another
White supremacy and racism in all its forms deny the dignity and sanctity of life, says Diocese of Salt Lake City.
Right-wing demonstrators — including white supremacists — clashed with counter-protesters in Charlottesville, a city in Virginia on Aug 12.
The right-wing demonstrators were up in arms over the city’s plan to remove a Confederate monument. During the protest a car plowed through a crowd of counter-protesters, killing a 32-year-old woman and injuring several.
The violent confrontation has shocked the nation.
“The Diocese of Salt Lake City is deeply troubled by the events in Charlottesville and the mentality that leads to such actions,” the diocese said in a statement that appeared in good4utah.com. “White supremacy and racism in all its forms deny the dignity and sanctity of life.
“We urge all people of good will to recognize that race and ethnicity are part of who we are but do not render any individual or group superior to another,” the diocese said.
“We must strive to love one another as Christ loves us; to love all of our neighbors as ourselves, and to put that love into concrete action against violence, hatred, and injustice.”