US President Donald Trump holds up a Bible outside St John's Episcopal Church in Washington, DC, on June 1. (Photo: AFP)
The United States is an uglier place today. Certainly, because of the "disturbing social unrest … these past days, following the tragic death of Mr. George Floyd," as Pope Francis said at his June 3 general audience.
The pope expressed concern for what he's witnessed, probably on television, and directly addressed all Americans who were following his weekly audience via social media.
"My friends," he said, "we cannot tolerate or turn a blind eye to racism and exclusion in any form and yet claim to defend the sacredness of every human life."
That message should have stung all those Catholic bishops, priests and prominent lay people who worked actively, even if some denied having done so, to make sure Donald Trump became president in 2016.