CACG's chairman Fred Rotondaro had the following response to the ongoing crisis in Standing Rock, North Dakota:
The violence that the federal authorities have shown towards peaceful activists in Standing Rock protesting the North Dakota Pipeline is absolutely immoral and unacceptable.
The 1100 mile pipeline that would stretch underneath a lake on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation would threaten water resources and sacred Native American sites.
During Pope Francis's historic visit to the United States, he called on our country to respect the dignity and rights of Native Americans: "I want to be a spokesman for the deepest longings of indigenous peoples. And I want you to add your voice to mine in a heartfelt prayer that all will respect indigenous peoples, threatened in their identity and even in their existence."
Pope Francis's words ring in our ears. As Catholics, we too stand with our indigenous brothers and sisters at Standing Rock and call on the federal government to respect the dignity and rights of Native Americans and to end the North Dakota Pipeline.