- Jun 23, 2021
Faith leaders in Minnesota and across the United States expressed hope that their advocacy work for racial justice will gain momentum from the guilty verdict rendered against Derek Chauvin, the former police officer convicted of killing George Floyd.
After the conviction of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd late Tuesday afternoon, American Catholic Church leaders weighed in with statements that affirmed the jury’s decision, but also recognized the need to continue to work on the issue of racial justice nationwide.
As closing arguments began April 19 in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd, Archbishop Bernard A. Hebda and priests across the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis offered special Masses “For the Preservation of Peace and Justice.”
Father Paul Shovelain, pastor of St. John the Baptist in New Brighton, Minnesota, received the alert about a 7 p.m. curfew on his cellphone April 12 after civil unrest in wake of the police-involved death of a Black man during a traffic stop in nearby Brooklyn Center.
After a night of protests and vandalism April 11 in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, following the police shooting of Daunte Wright, Archbishop Bernard A. Hebda of St. Paul and Minneapolis urged prayers for justice and peace.
Archbishop Bernard A. Hebda of St. Paul and Minneapolis prayed March 6 for peace and justice in the upcoming trial of a white former city police officer in death of George Floyd, an African American, while in police custody.
Large-scale images were projected on the Cathedral of St. Paul’s east-facing facade and an original, accompanying score was broadcast to spectators on a “hyper-local” radio frequency provided at the site.
Less than six months after the Diocese of St. Cloud filed its Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition, the Minnesota Bankruptcy Court has approved a plan for reorganization jointly submitted by the diocese and the creditors’ committee of clergy abuse survivors.