Dear Editor: I think having the listening sessions (on racism) are wonderful and long overdue. Speaking with one another is the only way we can bring healing to ourselves, one another and the wider community.
Talking openly about the sin of racism in the Catholic Church is difficult and uncomfortable, said Father Alonzo Cox. As secretary of the diocesan Commission on Racism and Social Justice, he said it is also something that must be done.
A planned pastoral letter addressing racism is on schedule for a November vote by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Since the tragic and horrific events of Charlottesville Va., just one year ago, the country has seen the effect and impact that racism has had on society. The Bishops of the United States have formed a committee to focus and address the sin of racism.
In a new pastoral letter released on Wednesday, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, D.C., called for a strengthening of the Church’s efforts to confront racism, labeling it a “divisive evil that leaves great harm in its wake.”
by Dr. Hosffman Ospino
IN A RECENT column, I related the conversation that my wife and I had with our young son about race. We talked about how incisive and damaging stereotypes about Hispanic people are in the Church and society.
Bishop Edward Braxton says the debate over Confederate and Civil War monuments is not a black and white issue, but one that should be engaged via local and communal discussions.
Dear Editor: “Diocese Established New Commission on Racism” (Sept. 2, 2017), tells us “Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio is forming a new commission to study the effects of racism in the Church and on the Diocese. He made the announcement Aug. 24 at a special Mass for Solidarity and Peace to counter the racist overtones of demonstration in Charlottesville, Va.”
Given the Ku Klux Klan’s historical animus toward Catholics, one of the most unusual stories that emanated from the aftermath of the Aug. 12 “Unite the Right” march and its deadly aftermath in Charlottesville, Va., was the self-penned admission by a priest in the Diocese of Arlington, Va., that he had been a member of the Klan 40 years ago, before his entry into the seminary.
My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,
This is the full text of Bishop DiMarzio’s homily at the Mass for Solidarity and Peace celebrated Aug. 24 at St. James Cathedral-Basilica, Downtown Brooklyn.