December 5, 2014 - Statement of Cardinal Sean O'Malley
"In this Holy season of
Advent the Church’s message is one of hope and peace. It is a time for
reflection, prayer and reaching out to those in need. These themes –
hope, peace and compassion – are urgently needed in our nation as we pray for
the Brown and Garner families and all who have been impacted by the turmoil of
Issues concerning race in our society call for recognition of our shared humanity.
We are all well served by productive dialogue and cooperation between the members of our communities and those in public service. Each person’s dignity must be respected and protected, while the safety and good of all people is upheld.
We are grateful for the thoughtful leadership shown by Governor Patrick, Mayor Walsh and Boston Police Commissioner Evans as citizens have expressed their concern that there be effective means of providing social justice, equality of opportunity and respect for all. May peaceful dialogue on these important issues be a source of betterment for our society."