Addressing the Sin of Racism

Church must ‘speak and live in truth’ to combat racism, bishop says

By Patricia L. Guilfoyle • Catholic News Service • Posted January 31, 2018

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (CNS) — The Catholic Church must confront the sin of racism, listen to people who have been oppressed, and seek reconciliation in part by promoting people of color into leadership roles, said Bishop George Murry

of Youngstown, Ohio.

As chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism, he gave a talk Jan. 27 at St. Peter Catholic Church

in Charlotte about racism in the church’s history and how the committee is addressing the issue...

Continue reading and view video of Bishop Murry's talk HERE

Letter from the Pastor

From Bulletin, Sunday, August 27, 2017:

Dear Parishioners,
As a follow-up on the events of August 12, 2017 in Charlottesville VA, we must always remember that racism

exists whenever the words “US” and “THEM” are used. We always must examine our speech watching out for those words. In the eyes of God there is no “them”, there is only “us”. When we see another person as “one of them” we sometimes act out of fear, fear that they will harm us. Anyone who claims to follow Jesus Christ

cannot be silent about this hideous sin and the events that have taken place these past few weeks. We must

call it for what it is: absolutely immoral and seriously sinful.

Fr. Terry Hazel


“We as a nation are broken. To heal, we need to embrace faith…Recent events show that the sin of racism continues to plague the nation…We must be fearless in speaking out against hate…We must recognize the humanity and dignity of each one of us…Let us pray for delivery from the sin of racism and build bridges to each other…that all may be one.”

--Bishop George V. Murry, S.J., August 20, 2017

at “Vigil Against Hate”, Unitarian Universalist Church, Youngstown, sponsored by Valley Voices United for Change.

From Bulletin, Sunday, August 20, 2017:

Dear Parishioners,

As all were, I was shocked at the events that took place in Charlottesville, VA  last Saturday. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a statement condemning racism, white supremacy, and neo-nazism. 

Here is their statement in full:

Fr. Terry Hazel


USCCB President and Domestic Justice Chairman Call for Prayer

and Unity in Response to Deadly Charlottesville Attack

August 13, 2017

WASHINGTON—Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and Bishop Frank Dewane of Venice, Florida, Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, are calling on all people of goodwill to join in prayer and unity ... in response to (the) ... violent protest and deadly attack in Charlottesville, Virginia.   Full statement follows:

 "As we learn more about the horrible events of (last Saturday), our prayer turns to the people of Charlottesville who offered a counter example to the hate marching in the streets. Let us unite ourselves in the spirit of hope offered by the clergy, people of faith, and all people of good will who peacefully defended their city and country. 


We stand against the evil of racism, white supremacy and neo-nazism. We stand with our sisters and brothers united in the sacrifice of Jesus, by which love's victory over every form of evil is assured.  At Mass, let us offer a special prayer of gratitude for the brave souls who sought to protect us from the violent ideology displayed... Let us especially remember those who lost their lives.  Let us join their witness and stand against every form of oppression."


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