Mark Twain over a hundred years ago predicted that a hundred years hence the number one problem plaguing our nation would be race hatred. The events of last weekend in Charlottesville have proved him prescient. How sad it is that this kind of hatred and white supremacy and anti-Semitism should still be alive in the hearts of some of us. The Archbishop issued a formal statement in response to the events in Charlottesville, VA. In part it reads:
“Racism, or any ideology which seeks to undermine the dignity and worth of human beings simply because of the color of their skin must be condemned. Our country has a detestable history with regard to the treatment of its citizens, including discrimination and hatred that undermine the God-given dignity of every human person. Unfortunately, some of our fellow citizens cling to these detestable ideas which continue hate and ignorance. We must boldly march forward to a time when ‘love and truth will meet; justice and peace will kiss.'” The complete statement can be found at the Archdiocese’s website www.archstl.org. For two years now HR has hosted a series of racial forums in cooperation with surrounding parishes and congregations in an attempt to break down stereotypes and help us to examine ways in which we Christians can be a part of the solution to this seemingly intractable problem. The next in this series will be Tuesday, September 12th at 7:00 pm. We will be dedicating our prayer and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament that entire day to the healing of these wounds in our country.