- Dec 9, 2019
New statistics show the number of violent deaths in Brazil fell by 11 percent in 2018; however, the total number of homicides were still an astounding 57,341. Moreover, over 10 percent of homicides – 6,220 of them – were perpetrated by the police, a rise of 19.6 percent compared to the previous year.
Beset by allegations of playing an active role in hundreds, if not thousands, of drug-related killings, Philippine police have sought to boost their battered image by holding religious processions in honor of Mary.
The 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. brought together religious and civic leaders in Baltimore to focus on their city’s problems with violence as well as the country’s.
In an audience with Italian traffic and railway police, Pope Francis invited officers to avoid violence and exercise wisdom and mercy instead. He also criticized the inattention and disorderliness shown by many drivers who look at their cellphones while at the wheel and transform the roads in Formula Uno tracks.
What’s been lost amid the current American debate about the NFL and protesting police brutality and racial injustice is that kneeling is a particularly religious act, reserved to the realm of the spirit and associated with submission and surrender to something supernaturally higher than ourselves. There are better, and more appropriate, gestures to express protest and civil disobedience.
Archbishop Robert J. Carlson said that while “acknowledging the hurt and anger, [the people of St. Louis] must not fuel the fires of hatred and division” in the wake of the acquittal of a white former police officer accused of murdering a black suspect. Carlson said, “We must work together for a better, stronger, safer community, one founded upon respect for each other, and one in which we see our neighbor as another self.”