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

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 different ethnicities into leadership roles, said Bishop George Murry of Youngstown, Ohio.

As chairman of the US bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism, he gave a talk on 27th January at St Peter Catholic Church in Charlotte about racism in the Church’s history and how the committee is addressing the issue.

About 300 people attended the lecture, including members of Our Lady of Consolation Church. The majority black parish in downtown Charlotte has fostered an ongoing dialogue on race with members of St Peter Church, a majority white parish less than three miles away.

The dialogue came in the wake of a fatal police shooting that sparked violent protests in the city in 2016, leaving one Consolation parishioner dead.

Bishop Murry, a Jesuit whose background is in education, summarised Catholic teaching on racism and inequality, noting that the Church’s teaching on the fundamental dignity of all people has not always been reflected in its actions – especially in the United States, where racism is “deeply rooted.”

Picture: Bishop George V. Murry of Youngstown, Ohio, who chairs the US bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism, gives a talk on 27th January at St Peter Catholic Church in Charlotte, N.C., about racism in the Catholic Church’s history and how his committee is addressing it. (CNS photo/Patricia L. Guilfoyle, Catholic News Herald).