JustCommunity Season 5:The Beloved Community Embraces Diversity
JustCommunity Fall 2011: The Beloved Community Embraces Diversity
Resources for Reflection and Study
Stretching Beyond the Racial Divide...
What is the call within?
Catholic Social Teaching on Racism
Racism is a sin; a sin that divides the human family, blots out the image of God among specific members of that family, and violates the fundamental human dignity of those called to be children of the same Father. Racism is the sin that says some human beings are inherently superior and others essentially inferior because of races. It is the sin that makes racial characteristics the determining factor for the exercise of human rights. It mocks the words of Jesus: "Treat others the way you would have them treat you." Indeed, racism is more than a disregard for the words of Jesus; it is a denial of the truth of the dignity of each human being revealed by the mystery of the Incarnation.
Brothers and Sisters to Us All,1979, US Catholic Bishops
Ready to give some thought and reflection to this issue? Click on the links below for thought from a variety of thinkers: provoking, disturbing, engaging... see where they lead you in prayer!
And then ask yourself: Do these thoughts contain a call for my own transformation? A shift of perspective? A change of heart? A call to action? A call to community?
To share your thoughts, click here:Thoughts from the Beloved Community
Contemporary Voices on Contemporary Racism
Rev. Clarence Williams “Racial Sobriety: Answering the Prayer of Jesus”, in JustFaith Voices
Jonthan Kozol This is America Video
James Cone Race, Religion and Violence Video
Bruce Western Social Fallout from America’s Prison Boom Video
Fr. Fred Kammer SJ of Loyola University, on Catholic Social Teaching and Racism
Sean Williams In Defense of Rough Language, blogger for National Catholic Reporter
Fr. Tom Joyce “Minorities on the way to becoming majorities” US Catholic blogger
Our Faith Community Must Confront Racism Our Faith Community Must Confront Racism, National Catholic Reporter Editorial
The Warmth of Other Suns book review from Journey with Jesus website
Dan Clendinen Positively Maladjusted: Martin Luther King and “Transformed NonConformity”, from Journey with Jesus website
Jim Wallis Jim Wallis: What? Racism Still in America?, from Huffington Post.
Fr. Bryan Massingale Priest takes tough, loving look at church racism, from CHN Online
Poverty and Racism: Overlapping Threats to the Common Good Catholic Charities White Paper
Racism Still Divides the Catholic Family NCR Editorial
Our Daily Thread Blog entry: “Let’s have a conversation about racism in the Catholic Church”
Grayson Warren Brown "Shaken up so we can pour ourselves out”
USCCB Statements on Discrimination & Racism
Popes & Vatican on Discrimination & Racism
Pontifical Council for Justice & Peace, "Discrimination,"Compendium of the Social Doctrine oftheChurch(2005), #148, 295, 298, 423, 536, 557
Pontifical Commission on Justice and Peace, "Contribution to World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolearance," (Durban, 31 August - 7 September 2001)
Pontifical Commission on Justice and Peace,"The Church and Racism," 1988.
Catechism of the Catholic Church, #1935. 2433.
Diana L. Hayes and Cyprian Davis, editors, Taking Down Our Harps: Black Catholics in the United States, (Orbis Books, 1998)
Theological Studies, 61 (2000) on "Black Catholic Theology"