Vatican City, Jun 5, 2020 / 11:40 am America/Denver (CNA).
In response to racism, the Catholic Church should be united in Christ, not take ideological sides, Cardinal Kevin Farrell said at a prayer service for George Floyd in Rome on Friday.
“When the Church makes the words of the Gospel resound, she wants to be faithful to Jesus, but she does not want to take one side against another,” Farrell said during the service June 5.
“Jesus addressed his message of salvation and mercy to all, without excluding anyone,” the U.S. cardinal said. “This simple fact should be a strong appeal to all of us, who instead often make distinctions based on social class, economic status, race, or political affiliation.”
When Catholics distance themselves from those they consider on “the other side,” they lose sight of Christ, he continued: “We end up identifying our Christian faith with the ideological vision of the side we have embraced.”
Farrell spoke at a prayer vigil for George Floyd and his family at Rome’s Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere June 5. Farrell is prefect of the Vatican’s Dicastery for Laity, Family, and Life.