Blessed are the peacemakers, Jesus said, for they will be called children of God.
We don’t know if police chief Gordon Ramsay, formerly of Duluth and now of Wichita, Kansas, is Christian, but like many in northern Minnesota, we were edified to see him making a positive difference, as he worked with a Black Lives Matter group to turn a protest into a barbecue with police and the black community getting a chance to get to know each other in a friendly context. The effort drew national attention and an invitation to the White House.
We do not have to look far in our society to see divisions growing and walls between groups rising. We do not have to look far to see acrimony and hostile rhetoric increasing. And sadly, violence and unrest have become all too commonplace.
Our Catholic faith calls us to a consistent ethic of life — one where, in true solidarity, we seek the common good in part by respecting and defending the life of every single person as an irrevocable principle. That includes people of all races and creeds, of every age from the womb to the death bed, men and women, and every other distinction one would care to raise. We have a particular concern for the most vulnerable, including racial minorities searching for justice. We have grateful respect for the police officers who risk their lives to protect their communities, and for their families.
God’s vision of society is one that sees every human life as his precious, irreplaceable gift.
If the experience of these last months has not been a clarion call to return to this vision and proclaim it to the world, we do not know what is.