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Staff Report – Florida Catholic


Bishop Frank J. Dewane is once again out front in calling on all people of goodwill to join in prayer and unity in response to the violent protest and deadly attack in Charlottesville, Va.

As Chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, Bishop Dewane sent out the following joint statement with Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, President of the USCCB:

Bishop Frank J. Dewane speaks at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on June 21 joining the Circle for Protection Christian leadership coalition is opposition to oppressive federal budget issues.

“As we learn more about the horrible events of yesterday, our prayer turns today, on the Lord’s Day, to the people of Charlottesville who offered a counter example to the hate marching in the streets. Let us unite ourselves in the spirit of hope offered by the clergy, people of faith, and all people of good will who peacefully defended their city and country.

We stand against the evil of racism, white supremacy and neo-nazism. We stand with our sisters and brothers united in the sacrifice of Jesus, by which love’s victory over every form of evil is assured.  At Mass, let us offer a special prayer of gratitude for the brave souls who sought to protect us from the violent ideology displayed yesterday. Let us especially remember those who lost their lives.  Let us join their witness and stand against every form of oppression.”

Since the weekend of Aug. 11-13, Bishop Dewane has been monitoring the subsequent events across the country in response to the Charlottesville protests and has locally been urging the faithful to pray and speak out against hatred. Meanwhile, Bishops across the nation have joined in speaking out against the violence.

The U.S. Bishops have been at the forefront on this issue and stand ready to work with all people of goodwill for an end to racial violence and for the building of peace in our communities. In 2016, a Task Force of the Bishops Conference proposed prayers and resources to work for unity and harmony in our country and in our Church.

To find each of the Bishop Dewane’s statements as USCCB Chair of the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development follow the link at

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