Pope Francis requested the meeting last week because he wanted to learn more about the American athletes’ social justice advocacy.
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Cardinal Michael Fitzgerald, who lives in retirement in a parish in Liverpool, England, said that members of his religious community were following the worldwide protests after George Floyd died in police custody in Minneapolis May 25.
The Church offers guidance on how to maintain the common good in society while also safeguarding individual liberties as a basis for any significant discussion about law enforcement reform.
Bishop Checchio emphasized the dignity of all human persons, noting that every person is made in the image and likeness of God.
Across the U.S., many Catholics are trying to witness to peace on all sides of protests and riots following the police-related killings of African Americans.
Church teachings condemning racism and upholding the dignity of every human person must be taken to heart, they stress.