Finding meaning and eloquence after an event like this weekend's disturbance in Charlottesville is often a challenge — one that the Editorial Board faces after every violent episode in this country, whether it's driven by guns, terrorism, or political strife. In the last few days, we have been struck by the many powerful and eloquent statements issued by the nation's clergy on Charlottesville.  Here are excerpts of some of their statements:

Charles J. Chaput, archbishop of Philadelphia:  

"Racism is a poison of the soul. It's the ugly, original sin of our country, an illness that has never fully healed. Blending it with the Nazi salute, the relic of a regime that murdered millions, compounds the obscenity. …

Rabbi Mordechai Liebling,  director of the Social Justice Organizing Program at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College,  Wyncote:

"I think it is no accident that our nation is so polarized at the time that we have the largest wealth and income gap since the Civil War. … It is clear from studying American history that white populism emerges in these moments and undermines the formation of a multiracial, multiethnic coalition that can bring about economic and social justice. …

The Rev. Robin Weinstein, pastor, Bethany Grace Community Church, Bridgeton, N.J.:

"In working for justice, we must recall our collective past the good, the bad, and the ugly. The American story is not always a nice one. From its beginning, our nation has exploited, dehumanized, and hated various groups of people. …
— Many times, oppression, slavery, discrimination, and hatred have been justified by Holy Scripture and sanctioned by our churches. This is wrong. …