Racial Justice And The Catholic Church

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  • Copyright: 2010-02-28
  • Publisher: Orbis Books

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Racial Justice and the Catholic Church examines the presence of racism and the resources within Catholic teaching and within the black experience, particularly the work of Martin Luther King, Jr. that can combat it and promote reconciliation and justice.

Author Biography

Bryan N. Massingale, a priest of the Milwaukee diocese, is associate professor of moral theology at Marquette University and also teaches in the Institute of Black Catholic Studies at Xavier University, New Orleans. A consultant to many faith-based justice organizations, he currently serves as president of the Catholic Theological Society of America and convener of the Black Catholic Theological Symposium.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
What Is Racism?p. 1
An Explanation of Termsp. 2
Prelude and Context: The Election of an African American Presidentp. 3
The Browning of America and Racial Resistancep. 9
Racism and Culturep. 13
To What End? The Justification of White Privilegep. 33
Conclusionp. 41
An Analysis of Catholic Social Teaching on Racismp. 43
Prologue: A Context for This Discussionp. 44
Discrimination and the Christian Conscience (1958)p. 50
The National Race Crisis (1968)p. 55
Brothers and Sisters to Us (1979)p. 61
Analysis of Recent Statements by Individual Bishopsp. 70
Critical Observations concerning Catholic Social Teaching on Racismp. 74
A Concluding Black Catholic Reflection: “Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child”p. 78
Toward a More Adequate Catholic Engagementp. 83
The Challenge of Racial Reconciliationp. 85
Other Resources in the Faith Traditionp. 103
Compassion and Intentional Cross-Racial Solidarityp. 116
Church Practices That Facilitate Racial Solidarityp. 120
Concluding Reflection: A Confession of Faithp. 125
“A Dream Deferred” Meditations on African American Understandings of Justice and Hopep. 130
The Fundamental Principle or Norm: Universal Inclusionp. 132
The Unstated Vision: The “Welcome Table” and the “Beloved Community”p. 135
Theoretical Implications of This Visionp. 143
The Importance of Hope in the Pursuit of Justicep. 145
The Vocation of the Black Catholic Theologian and the Struggle of the Black Catholic Community Speaking Truth to—and from—Two Traditionsp. 151
The Vocation of the Black Scholarp. 153
The Vocation of the Catholic Theologianp. 157
The Vocation of the Black Catholic Theologianp. 159
The Challenges of the Black Catholic Theological Vocationp. 162
The Struggles of Being a Black Catholic Theologianp. 167
The Joys of Being a Black Catholic Theologianp. 169
The Significance of the Black Catholic Theological Vocationp. 172
Epiloguep. 175
Notesp. 181
Resources for Further Reflection and Understandingp. 213
Indexp. 217
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