The fascist creep is quickening. We have been forced to acknowledge it anew, and Trump’s departure seems likely not to slow it. Many and perhaps most of the people who took over the Capitol building […]
Over the past few months, the United States has been grappling with racism in a way that it has not in recent years. The current discourse has included a greater discussion within the Church of these issues as well. And, one hopes, that the continued discussion will bring further healing and reconciliation, especially with regard to the failures of the American Church to address racism and how it has facilitated racism.
Despite this healthy introspection, an additional phenomenon has arisen that has affected the nature of the discussion: the destruction of the statues of saints. The actual destruction or threatened destruction of these statues is almost beside the point. There will always be people seeking to engage in behavior of this sort. What has taken my interest is the response of some Catholics that—rather than defend the saints—take the opportunity to call for a reexamination of the saint, and what they represent.
Editor’s note: Since this piece was written, Sojourners has publicly apologized for taking down Martin’s piece & re-published the essay. The past statements on the article, including the one cited below, can be found here. […]
In all my years of going to church, the only times I have ever heard a sermon about racism was when the priest was black. I have never heard a white pastor give a sermon […]
This episode of the Daily Theology podcast features Prof. Katie Grimes of Villanova University! She talks with Stephen Okey about how her two years of volunteering with Amate House in Chicago led her to change […]
This letter originally appeared in the The Observer on November 28, 2017. If you wish to add your name to the many signatures below, please follow this link and your signature will be added within 48 hours. […]
In America’s Original Sin, Jim Wallis challenges white Americans to consider their complicity and need for repentance in the face of America’s historically pervasive racial injustice. His central insight can be summed up simply and […]
In the wake of Barack Obama’s 2008 historic election as the first black president of the United States of America, pundits, reporters, politicians, and scholars scrambled to declare the race question over. In its congratulatory […]
“Racism opposes the order of Eucharist.” -M. Shawn Copeland, Enfleshing Freedom (Minneapolis, MN: Fortress, 2010), 109. Living in rural Minnesota, like in many rural areas of the United States, I inhabit a context where most […]
Some time ago, I was looking through photos from a family wedding: sweet photos of bouquets, a daughter hugging her father, a family gathered around a kitchen table as they prepared for the celebration. And […]