A Message from our Pastor on behalf of the Gainesville Deanery.
Catholic Pastors Oppose Richard Spencer and his Racist Message
Oh behalf of the Catholic community, pastors of the Catholic Churches in Gainesville have united to oppose the scheduled appearance of white nationalist Richard Spencer and his racist message. He is scheduled to speak at the University of Florida on Oct. 19.
Father John Phillips, pastor of Holy Faith Catholic Church and spokesman for the Catholic Churches, shared this joint statement:
“We want to make it clear that white supremacy and its many manifestations are not consistent with Christianity. Jesus said it most simply: “Love one another as I have loved you.” (John 15:12)
The U.S. Catholic Bishops are also clear: “Racism is not merely one sin among many, it is a radical evil dividing the human family…” (Brothers and Sisters to Us, No. 39)
The community is invited to pray for racial equality and respect on Oct. 18, at 7:00 pm, in response to Richard Spencer’s presentation. The prayer Vigil will be held at Holy Faith Parish. We will continue to give witness to the equality of all people here in Gainesville and our nation.”
Father John Philips, pastor of Holy Faith Parish
Father Jeff McGowan, pastor of Queen of Peace Parish
Father Marek Dzien, pastor of St. Augustine Parish
Father Lawrence Peck, pastor of St. Patrick Parish