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Archdiocesan Committee for Racial Equality & Justice

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To combat the sin of racism through education and spiritual healing in the Catholic Christian community with the ultimate goal of societal and cultural transformation by the power of Christian love.

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Acknowledging the Sin of Racism

Webinar streamed on Tuesday, June 14th

Please advance the video to 4:30 ( four minutes and 30 seconds to begin viewing). Thank you for your interest.

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In August 2019, Bishop Rodriguez, Deacon Clarence McDavid, and Sister Marion Weinzapfel, csj. along with several other community members made a pilgrimage to Montgomery, Alabama to visit the National Memorial for Peace and Justice, the Lynching Museum, and the Resurrection Catholic Missions of the South, Inc.  Upon their return from that enlightening experience, the group created a team to educate others about the issue of racism in our church and the broader community.  With the blessing of Archbishop Aquila, the committee was formally established.

This discussion is important because as Archbishop Aquila stated, “figuring out how to love those who have suffered from racism requires knowing the historical experience of various groups and how they have been treated and their present-day struggles. It also requires examining our own hearts and actions.”

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En agosto de 2019, el Obispo Rodríguez, el Diácono Clarence McDavid y la Hermana Marion Weinzapfel, csj. junto con varios otros miembros de la comunidad hicieron una peregrinación a Montgomery, Alabama, para visitar el Monumento Nacional por la Paz y la Justicia, conocido informalmente como el Museo del Linchamiento, y las Misiones Católicas de la Resurrección del Sur, Inc.  A su regreso de esa experiencia esclarecedora, el grupo creó un equipo para educar a otros sobre el tema del racismo en nuestra iglesia y en la comunidad en general.  Con la bendición del Arzobispo Aquila, se estableció formalmente el comité. 

 Este debate es importante porque, como declaró el arzobispo Aquila, “para saber cómo amar a los que han sufrido el racismo es necesario conocer la experiencia histórica de varios grupos y cómo han sido tratados, así como sus luchas actuales. También requiere examinar nuestros propios corazones y acciones”. 

Resources

Bishop Barron on Charlottesville and America’s Original Sin

Pastoral Letter Against Racism

Open Wide Our Hearts the Enduring Call to Love

 Jesus Desires to Heal Wounds of Racism by Archbishop Aquila

Read Article | The Denver Catholic

 An Examination of Conscience for Racism by Fr. Randy Dollins

Read Article | The Denver Catholic

 A Prayer to Overcome Racism

Read Article | The Denver Catholic