Catholic Archbishop of Southwark condemns George Floyd killing from cathedral pulpit

By Suresh Aboodas

The catholic Archbishop of Southwark Most Reverend John
Wilson has condemned the brutal death of the African-
American George Floyd in police custody in the US recently.
Archbishop John Wilson was delivering the homily at a
special Mass – live streamed on You Tube — to mark the feast
of the Holy Trinity on Sunday June 7, from St. George’s
Cathedral Southwark.
“Whoever we are, whatever our relationships, racism is an
evil. Racism has no place whatsoever anywhere in the human
family, in the human heart,” he said.
Being Trinity Sunday, the Archbishop talked about the unique
relationship of the Holy Trinity- the Father, Son and the Holy
Spirit, and how the” One God has revealed Himself to us as a
God of three persons in relationship”.
In this context he spoke about how racism has no place in our
society. “Our relationship with others matters. We have
special relationships with others, even with strangers. Think
for a moment how the name and the story of George Floyd
has become so significant in these past days. Even without
knowing him personally, we have been touched by his story;
we have been outraged by his treatment, and shocked by his
death,” he said.

“Every human life without exception deserves dignity and
respect. Relationships are important because people are
important,” he stated.
“During the months of lockdown we have become even more
aware of the importance of our relationship with others.
Even before the pandemic our interpersonal contacts existed
on different levels, on different ways,” he said.
“If there is any good that has to come from the recent
tragedy the Covid 19 has brought, it is that we treat
eachother with greater kindness, with greater respect, and
with greater patience and greater love,” he pointed out.
“We are connected to our family in a unique way and
hopefully this experience of belonging is making us more
human and more holy,” the Archbishop said.


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