Loading...
Loading...
Click here if you don’t see subscription options
Gloria PurvisMay 25, 2021
In this Aug. 28, 2020, file photo, people carry posters with George Floyd on them as they march from the Lincoln Memorial to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

We may not recall where we were or what we were doing at the time. However, most of us do remember what we thought and how we felt watching the video of George Floyd plead desperately for his life one year ago in Minneapolis, Minn.

Here was a man, who was already handcuffed with his hands behind his back, lying face down in the street with a police officer pressing his knee firmly onto his neck. All were transfixed by this public spectacle of death. It lasted over 9 minutes.

Most were stricken in some way: Disbelief. Horror. Outrage. Powerlessness. I cried out in a loud voice, "In the name of God, STOP!" Afterward the nation convulsed in pain and outrage.

Today, one year after the murder of George Floyd, the first episode of my new podcast in partnership with America Media premieres. My guest is Father Erich Rutten, the pastor of St. Peter Claver Church, a historically Black Catholic parish in St. Paul, Minn. We talk about his experience as a white pastor ministering to a black Catholic community amid all that trauma and pain of the past year. We also discuss the response from Catholic pastors across the country and what the church needs to do to help heal from this trauma.


Listen and subscribe to “The Gloria Purvis Podcast”:
Apple Podcasts
Spotify


One year later, I’m not feeling healed. We have a lot to atone for. If we can't see how the centuries of many personal sins with regard to race are affecting us now, and if we can’t see that we have the responsibility to make amends and repair for the damage caused by those sins, I think we have forgotten what it means to be Catholic. And I am not saying it’s easy. I’m exhausted thinking about what has to happen. But at the same time I am motivated by justice and love of neighbor to want to do something, to persevere and struggle. We’re all in this together!

We don’t have comments turned on everywhere anymore. We have recently relaunched the commenting experience at America and are aiming for a more focused commenting experience with better moderation by opening comments on a select number of articles each day.

But we still want your feedback. You can join the conversation about this article with us in social media on Twitter or Facebook, or in one of our Facebook discussion groups for various topics.

Or send us feedback on this article with one of the options below:

We welcome and read all letters to the editor but, due to the volume received, cannot guarantee a response.

In order to be considered for publication, letters should be brief (around 200 words or less) and include the author’s name and geographic location. Letters may be edited for length and clarity.

We open comments only on select articles so that we can provide a focused and well-moderated discussion on interesting topics. If you think this article provides the opportunity for such a discussion, please let us know what you'd like to talk about, or what interesting question you think readers might want to respond to.

If we decide to open comments on this article, we will email you to let you know.

If you have a message for the author, we will do our best to pass it along. Note that if the article is from a wire service such as Catholic News Service, Religion News Service, or the Associated Press, we will not have direct contact information for the author. We cannot guarantee a response from any author.

We welcome any information that will help us improve the factual accuracy of this piece. Thank you.

Please consult our Contact Us page for other options to reach us.

City and state/province, or if outside Canada or the U.S., city and country. 
When you click submit, this article page will reload. You should see a message at the top of the reloaded page confirming that your feedback has been received.

The latest from america

"Five years have passed since I visited this place with my dear brothers Bartholomew and Ieronymos. After all this time, we see that little has changed with regard to the issue of migration."
Pope FrancisDecember 05, 2021
My father shaped my concept of God, and Ignatian prayer brought me closer to my father and Christ.
Pierre ThompsonDecember 05, 2021
A Reflection for the Sunday of the Second Week of Advent
Kerry WeberDecember 05, 2021
A Reflection for the Saturday of the First Week of Advent
Maurice Timothy ReidyDecember 04, 2021