Joint Statement
of the National Black Catholic Clergy Caucus
and the Association of U.S. Catholic Priests

After Charlottesville: To honor God we all must love all

We Catholic priests, black and white and other, mourn the death of Heather Heyer and extend condolences and prayers to her family. We pray also for the families and friends of state troopers Jay Cullen and Berke Bates who died while working for public safety in Charlottesville, and for others injured in body or in spirit. We stand in solidarity with the people of Charlottesville.

We pray too for the repentance of all who caused or contributed to this suffering, and for ourselves, because of what we have done or what we have failed to do. We cannot remain silent.

God created the human race. God loves the human race. God calls the human race to love itself. That includes all persons of all colors, genders, nationalities, sexual orientations, languages, religious and political convictions, etc. We are all members of the human race. None of us is better than the other by who and what we are, only by how we are. We need one another. To honor God we all must love all. That is the only way to peace in our hearts, in our society, in our nation, in our world.

As Catholic priests we stand with our bishops and all persons of good will against the manifest evils of racism, white supremacy and neo-Nazism. We deplore organizations, associations or movements that embody in their purpose and activities such convictions and sentiments. Every person must resist allowing hatred and fear of any sort to take possession of their heart. God is love. God loves the human race, the whole of it. So must God’s children, all of us. To be not only Christian but fully human, we must love.

Contact:

Rev. Clarence Williams, CPPS, NBCCC, frclarence@outlook.com

Rev. Bernard “Bob” Bonnot, Leadership Chair, AUSCP, auscpbonnot@gmail.com, (330) 397-1257

Sr. Jacquelyn Doepker, OSF, Executive Secretary, AUSCP,
office@uscatholicpriests.org, (872) 205-5862