Bishop David Malloy’s Statement on the Jan. 6 Violence at the Capitol in Washington, D.C.
January 14, 2021
I join wholeheartedly the statement issued by Archbishop Jose Gomez, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops denouncing the recent violence at the U.S. Capitol building. 
For months, and years in some cases, our political differences and our national search for justice have continually moved from peaceful protests to violence and mob actions, and even death. Our year end news reports have highlighted the surge in violence and homicide rates across the country in 2020. As Americans we should be ashamed of what is happening because we are better than this. 
Even more, for us as committed followers of Christ, the resort to violence can have no place in our hearts or our public expression of discontent. Instead we are called to see in each other, at every moment from conception until natural death, the image and likeness of God. 
At this moment of transition of our government’s political leadership, our prayers should be for peace and for all of our government leaders in both parties and at every level. May they truly eschew the partisan nature of our politics and work for justice and the good of all as a means of personal respect and national unity. 
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