Statement of Catholic Theologians on Racial Justice
We have seen, one after another, unarmed African American people being shot and killed by police, violent and non-violent protests against racial profiling and the excessive use of force by police, the failure of grand juries to bring indictments against offending officers, and the slaughter of two New York City police officers.
These are not new problems. They are the eruption of long simmering, deep seated and deeply buried attitudes, fears and hatreds.
As persons dedicated to furthering God’s providential care of all, as persons deeply committed to living in the world in a way that models non-violence, we are called at this particular moment in time to examine our attitudes, to work tirelessly to uproot the unacknowledged racism and white privilege that lurk within us, and to take concrete action to bring about a more just society.
If ever there were a time when peacemakers and reconcilers are needed, it is now.
You can see the public statement developed and signed by more than 300 Catholic theologians.
It offers much food for thought and invites us to a deep and thorough examination of conscience coupled with concrete action for a change in our world.
We invite you to spend time over the next several months reading, reflecting on, and praying with this statement, praying for the grace of personal conversion, and joining with others to take effective action for the undoing of racism within ourselves, our communities and our nation.