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Church will foster ‘life-saving dialogue,’ USCCB president says following police shooting

July 19, 2016

Following the shooting of three police officers in Baton Rouge, the president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops said that “we find ourselves amid a prolonged prayer of lament as we join to console the grieving and support the suffering.”

“People are suffering because their uniform is blue, suffering because their skin is black and suffering simply because of their station in life,” said Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville. “As a society, we must come together to address the lingering evil of racism, the need to safeguard our citizens from the present danger of extremism and the overall breakdown of civility.”

“As a Church, we will seek out ways to foster this life-saving dialogue,” he continued. “The next time you are pulled over by a police officer or walk past one on the street, thank him or her for their service. For those in law enforcement, the next time you make a traffic stop, thank the person for their time. The task of building a society upon the strong foundation of love begins with each one of us every day.”

 
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