Catholic bishops: “Racism is an evil” in society and the church

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Bishops gather for Mass on June 10, 2015 at Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis during the spring general assembly of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Photo by Lisa Johnston, St. Louis Review, courtesy of Catholic News Service

Bishops gather for Mass on June 10, 2015 at Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis during the spring general assembly of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Photo by Lisa Johnston, St. Louis Review, courtesy of Catholic News Service

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ST. LOUIS – Members of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops kicked off their annual spring assembly by denouncing racism as an "evil."

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  • Jack

    Racism is evil.

    Mean people stink.

    Two and two make four.

    Selfishness is bad.

    Love is good.

    Hate is bad.

    Tell us something new.

  • JR

    Although it’s evident that racism is an evil, I disagree that the Catholic Church needed to hold a conference on the issue, as it has always fought racism and discrimination. It is a social issue, most often practiced by irreligious people.

  • Dee

    If our culture is so adamantly anti racist, why are these racial categories enshrined by our Federal government in regulation?

    Title 13 Code of Federal Regulations
    13 § 124.103 Who is socially disadvantaged?
    (a) General. Socially disadvantaged individuals are those who have been subjected to racial or ethnic prejudice or cultural bias within American society because of their identities as members of groups and without regard to their individual qualities. The social disadvantage must stem from circumstances beyond their control.
    (b) Members of designated groups.(Anyone who is not white)
    (1) There is a rebuttable presumption that the following individuals are socially disadvantaged: Black Americans; Hispanic Americans; NNative Americans (Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, or enrolled members of a Federally or State recognized Indian Tribe); Asian Pacific Americans (persons with origins from etc etc etc

  • The President of the Conference of Catholic Bishops made some shallow and derivative remarks on a topical question. Dog bites man.

  • Bishop Mark J. Seitz of El Paso, Texas, spoke about immigration reform and called for the end of family detention centers.

    “This jailing of asylum seekers is a violation of international law,” Seitz said.

    There are almost no authentic ‘asylum seekers’ among the waves of illegal immigrants coming across the border.

    You can never figure out whether these people are hopelessly fatuous or just snakes. You fail to detain illegal immigrants, they disappear into their chain-migration nests. Their not going to honor the appearance ticket you hand them as you release them.

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  • “Kurtz then laid out ways Roman Catholics could help end racism, among them: prayer, using scripture and Catholic social teaching to gain a deeper understanding of the dignity of all persons”

    Racism will be ended with PRAYER?
    What grownup could possibly believe this?
    If prayer worked ambulances would go to churches instead of hospitals!

    BY USING SCRIPTURE!?
    “You fool!” – JESUS (Matthew 5:22)
    “They are dogs!” – JESUS (Matthew 15:26)
    “they are swine!” – Jesus (Matthew 7:6)
    “Avoid them” – (Romans 16:17)
    “Hate them” – JESUS (Luke 14:26)
    “have nothing to do with him, that he may be ashamed.” (2 Thessalonian 3:14)
    “Don’t waste….on the people who are unholy. Don’t throw your pearls to pigs!” – JESUS (Matthew 7:6)

    “I only came for the Jews who were lost.” – JESUS (Matthew 15:24)

    Catholic social teaching?
    “DO NOT GO to the Gentiles…go only to Jews who have left Israel” – JESUS (Matthew 10:5-6)

    Religion is racism.

  • @Jack,

    “DO NOT GO to the Gentiles…go only to Jews who have left Israel” – JESUS (Matthew 10:5-6)

    Racism is why religion exists. It exists for one purpose only, to promote your tribe and to enforce the rules of the tribal leader.

    Religion is primitive, racist nonsense.

  • Greg1

    Atheist, hopefully our Lord will give you a chance to come home some day. You are looking for that crack of thunder, rather than the whisper of God (1Kings 19:11-13). Why don’t you shut off all the noise in your life, and ask our Lord to whisper his Love to you. Or better yet, ask Mary to obtain the graces from her Divine Son, for you to hear, see, and believe. You don’t want to wait until the end when it will be too late.

  • Betty Clermont

    Of all the photos I’ve seen of clergy out in the streets trying to calm a volatile crowd or joining with protesters after another unarmed African-American has been killed by the police, I’ve yet to see a Catholic bishop among them.

  • 1. Michael Brown was 6’3″ tall and weighed over 300#. The distinction between ‘armed’ and ‘unarmed’ in his case is factitious. If you do not want to be shot dead by a police officer, you should not commit strong-arm robberies, saunter down the middle of the street like you owned it, defy instructions to quit jaywalking, try to grab the officers’ service pistol, charge the officer, and keep charging after he’s put a mess of slugs in your arm and shoulder. Works for most of us.

    2. Trayvon Martin had two arms, which he was using to practice his MMA moves on the neighborhood watch captain who was flat on his back on the sidewalk.

    3. Eric Garner was a morbidly obese asthmatic diabetic who died of a heart attack after being arrested with a perfectly ordinary police tackle. Not much cops can do to prevent that other than not arrest fat guys.

    4. The grandstanding state’s attorney is trying to suppress the autopsy report on Freddie Gray. That’s not because it helps her…

  • Looking forward to the day you offer a remark which indicates there’s something going on between your ears other than a propensity to strike poses.

  • Greg,

    “when it will be too late”

    50 years as a Christian wasn’t enough – devout though I was?

    I have joyous news. This evil of Jesus is not real. It is all man made.
    In any case – keep this nonsense out of our laws.

    The idea that Racism might be cured from humanity by employing religious philosophies is the most wrong-headed idea I have heard all week.

  • ben in oakland

    As usual, you WILL betray your ignorance.

    Slavery, miscegenation laws, and segregation were ALL justified on the basis of religious belief. READ the decision that led to Loving v. Virginia– the state court decision.

  • Here’s a quick question,Max: exactly what was it you devoted 50 years to?? Your wooden,literal reading of Scripture makes it clear that whatever you devoted all that obviously wasted time to,it certainly WASN’T The Risen Saviour Jesus Christ.I suspect that you got hoodwinked by some type of-“ism”; every time I exgete the Scriptures you post,they reveal nothing of what you think they’re saying.I myself have been / still am a born-again, blood-bought, Spirit-filled child / servant of Almighty God for 39 years and counting,and I could no more stop being a Child of God than I could cease being my own mother’s child.So…I don’t know what you spent 50 years doing,Max,but it’s as clear to me as the sky on a sun-filled day: Sadly,you NEVER met the Risen Saviour,you just read about Him,or read His Word without ANY kind of spiritual understanding whatsoever.But that’s not a cause for regret,Max; The Word of God is primarily a Revealed Book,whose content is largely hidden from the lost…

  • Laurence Charles Ringo,

    “Exactly what was it you devoted 50 years to?”

    A lie.

    Exactly what did you devote the first 8 Christmases of your life to?
    Santa Claus isn’t real, either. Or do you still leave him some milk and cookies?

  • Art Deco,

    1. Michael Brown – should have been taken down with a taser.
    2. Trayvon Martin – was killed while doing nothing wrong when a man with a gun hunted him down, questioned him and threatened him while having no authority to do so.
    3. Eric Garner – was no threat and was tackled for no reason and was tortured – denied the right to breath. For no reason.
    4. Freddie Gray’s spine was broken by fascist cops AFTER they already had him in handcuffs.

    You seem to be unaware of the laws which prohibit police from doing these things.

    You also seem to be under the impression that black Americans should not have the same rights as you – innocent until proven guilty.
    You are also saying black people who come in contact with the police deserve whatever unlawful nonsense happens.

    “Avoid them” – (Romans 16:17)
    Oh, the tribal bigotry of religion at work.