In a Time of Racial Despair, the Church Must Speak up

Millennial writer Christopher White has a new article at Crux. He writes:

The Church in the United States today is made up of almost fifty percent of people of color. This diversity should be celebrated and welcomed-and it should also be accompanied by an aggressive commitment to fostering reconciliation as a necessary condition toward promoting justice and a more intentional solidarity among those in our pews.

Recent polling confirms that most Americans are pessimistic about the current state of race relations in this country, with rising rates of violence and hatred. It seems all the more critical that the Church become not just a leading voice against racism, but a prominent player actively fostering dialogue and promoting concrete solutions within our communities.

The Special Task Force has some helpful recommendations – including a new, comprehensive statement on racism from the full body of bishops – but actual change will require the commitment of parishes and priests, community leaders and churchgoers of all varieties, law enforcement and the laity.