Our Churches are rarely exceptions to America’s original sin of racism

Our Churches are rarely exceptions to America’s original sin of racism Bishop Mark Seitz of El Paso, Texas, kneels at El Paso’s Memorial Park holding a ‘Black Lives Matter’ sign. After ‘taking a knee’ during that demonstration in solidarity with George Floyd – an unarmed black man who spent several minutes under a Minnesota police officer’s knee before becoming unconscious and later dying – the bishop received a call from Pope Francis. Photo: CNS
2019 marked a banner year for the US Church in terms of race relations, or so I had thought. Washington, DC, the nation’s capital and a long-time bastion of African American heritage, received its first ever black archbishop through the appointment of Wilton Gregory, the long-time leader of Atlanta, Georgia. To punctuate the appointment, it was…
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