Ten years ago (August 17, 2018), Pope Benedict XVI “warned that racism is alive in modern society, and urged the Church to overcome all forms of racial intolerance.” We at St. Francis of Assisi, Ann Arbor heed his call. Our parish is developing several initiatives to support our pastor, Fr. James, and our bishop along with the Diocese of Lansing Task Force on Race and Catholic Schools.
“I pray that this task force is a positive step toward bringing many people of good will together on the issue [of racism] that is dividing some of our Catholic school communities. May God bless you all.” + Bishop Earl Boyea
Pope urges church to help overcome racism | National …
VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI warned that racism is alive in modern society, and he urged the church to help overcome all forms of racial intolerance.He said racism today is often tied to economic and social problems.
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We are considering possibly recommending the film, “Me the Other” for a parish wide event in the fall.
This – Me, the “Other” – Trailer – is a super interesting movie on racism, and a diverse group of students living in Washtenaw County in Southeast Michigan. See: https://metheotherfilm.com/ We will probably rent this to show in the parish. My life’s PURPOSE is to love as Jesus, to dialog with “the Other.”
St. Francis of Assisi Parish Peace and Justice Committee has some understanding of the following matters:
• How do our attitudes affect how we address racial issues?
• How does our “position” in our society affect (1) how we view other races and (2) how we interact with other races.
• How might we involve others (who may hold somewhat different views than we do on the topic) to consider the two previous questions?
Contacts: Scott Wright & Michelle Eiden, Subcommittee on Racism, Peace and Justice Committee at St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Ann Arbor.