March 21, 2021 — In response to recent news of violence against Asian Americans, Archbishop Vigneron issues the following statement:
“Over the past year we have all experienced, in one way or another, the pandemic’s devastating impact on the health and wellness of our society. Also during this time, we have witnessed with growing alarm the increase in reports of verbal and physical assaults against Asians and Asian Americans. While violence of any kind is wrong, violence born of racism is a particular evil that must be condemned and eradicated. It has no place in our society.
“It is against this backdrop that we heard terrible news of multiple attacks in Atlanta in which eight people, including six women of Asian descent, were killed. While details continue to develop, it is clear from the resulting nationwide outcry that these events have cut deep into existing wounds carved over the past year. We pray for the victims in Atlanta and their grieving families and friends.
“The Gospel reading from John for the 5th Sunday of Lent reminds us that Jesus has his arms around us and is holding us close, especially in moments of great distress. Let us join in solidarity and embrace all our brothers and sisters in Christ who endure discrimination, aggression, and violence. As we comfort the afflicted, let us recommit our vigilance against words and actions that inspire hate in our communities, our country, and our shared world.”