Washington archbishop says ‘conversion’ needed to fight racism

By Jack Lyons, 2 September 2020
Archbishop Wilton Gregory, the Archbishop of Washington. Image: Archdiocese of Washington/Facebook.


American bishops must do more to uphold the legacy set by religious leaders during the civil rights movement, Archbishop Wilton Gregory said in a talk last week.

The Archbishop of Washington called for bishops to facilitate more interactions between Catholics of different races while addressing a group of students, staff, and alumni from the University of Notre Dame, as part of the lecture series “Building an Anti-Racist Vocabulary,” sponsored by the Klau Centre for Civil and Human Rights.

While opportunities to facilitate interracial dialogue are needed in the Church today, there are obstacles to realising that goal, Gregory said. One challenge is finding a way to discuss racism without people tuning out because they feel like they’re being “lectured at” or “put down.”

While the Church plays a role in organising those conversations, Gregory also spoke about the importance of individual responsibility in combating racism.

“I really am very hopeful that the end result will be a step forward,” he said. “I think we’ve got to continue the struggle.”

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With thanks to Crux and Jack Lyons, where this article originally appeared.


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