The Catholic Church has a ‘tremendous responsibility to bring people together in prayer and dialogue, to begin anew the vital work of fostering healing and lasting peace,’ said a report by a US bishops’ task force released on 5th January in the wake of last year’s incidents of violence and racial tensions.
The work to ‘root out racism and create healthy dynamics in our neighbourhoods’ is a long-term project, but the scope of it should not cause fear or intimidation, wrote the Archbishop of Atlanta, Wilton D. Gregory, chairman of the Task Force to Promote Peace in Our Communities, in the report’s introduction.
He also said ‘the Church is at her absolute best when she is a bold and prophetic voice for the power of the love upon which our faith is based, the love of Jesus Christ.’
Picture: An African-American woman is detained in early July by law enforcement as she protests the fatal shooting of a black man by police near the headquarters of the Baton Rouge Police Department in Louisiana. (CNS photo/Jonathan Bachman, Reuters).