Dear Members of the Extended Fordham Family,

What we are seeing in the Capitol this afternoon—right now—is an assault on democracy. This is a moment in which we should all stand with our elected representatives who are trying to do the people’s business, and stand up for the rule of law.

As members of a Jesuit, Catholic University community, we repudiate the forces of unreason which have stormed the Capitol. We oppose mob rule, and those who propose to subvert the electoral process.

I know you join me in praying for our nation, and that our elected officials find the wisdom to condemn the violence in the nation’s capital.

Joseph M. McShane, S.J.