- Dec 10, 2019
Recent polling confirms that most Americans are pessimistic about the state of race relations in this country, with rising rates of violence and hatred, making it critical that the Church become not just a voice against racism but a player actively fostering dialogue and promoting concrete solutions.
Father Bryan Massingale, a professor at Fordham University in New York, acknowledged that Catholic colleges and universities likely have diversity plans and strategies in place, but he said such guidelines will simply sit on the shelves unless there are concrete actions behind them.
Five Catholic panelists presented mixed reactions as the nation braces itself for the incoming Trump administration. The panel, called “Faithful Priorities in a Time of Trump,” tried to find common ground with the incoming president while expressing concern for the language he has used in the past.
A report by a U.S. bishops’ task force released in the wake of last year’s incidents of violence wishes to “root out racism and create healthy dynamics in our neighborhoods.” The Catholic Church has a “tremendous responsibility to bring people together in prayer and dialogue,” the report reads.
A Federal jury on Thursday found Dylann Roof guilty on all counts for gunning down nine black parishioners during a Bible study at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church on June 17, 2015. The panel will return on January 3 to decide whether Roof should be sentenced to death or life in prison.
Archbishop Wilton Daniel Gregory calls the faithful to fight against the disease of racism in the United States. “Our new administration must recognize and address the deadly impact that racism and racist behavior continues to inflict upon our nation and its people,” Gregory writes.