President Lynn Babington’s Statement Regarding Violence at the U.S. Capitol
Today has been a difficult day for our nation.
The actions undertaken by protesters at the US Capitol should shock us all—and give us pause.
As a Marianist Catholic institution of higher learning, we condemn violence of any kind and call on everyone to seek peaceful and respectful avenues for dialogue. The scenes we have witnessed on the news in recent hours are not emblematic of our nation, its peoples or our shared principles.
As we seek to make sense of all that has occurred, let us recommit ourselves to peace, to social justice and to creating spaces for a diversity of opinions shared thoughtfully and respectfully. We know the value of debate; it deepens our understanding of one another and helps us find common ground.
As educators, we have a duty to prepare an involved and engaged citizenry. Indeed, inspiring tomorrow’s leaders and preparing them to serve in a vibrant and functioning democracy is the most important role we have. That role is now more critical than ever.
Please join me in praying that our elected leaders find the courage they will need during this trying time.
Lynn Babington, Ph.D.
President, Chaminade University
What is a faithful soul to do in the chaos of events which seem to swallow it up? Sustain itself calmly by that faith which assures us that all things work together unto good for those who love God.
~ Blessed William Joseph Chaminade ~