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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.
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
What Is Racism?
An Explanation of Terms
Prelude and Context: The Election of an African American President
The Browning of America and Racial Resistance
Racism and Culture
To What End? The Justification of White Privilege
An Analysis of Catholic Social Teaching on Racism
Prologue: A Context for This Discussion
Discrimination and the Christian Conscience (1958)
The National Race Crisis (1968)
Brothers and Sisters to Us (1979)
Analysis of Recent Statements by Individual Bishops
Critical Observations concerning Catholic Social Teaching on Racism
A Concluding Black Catholic Reflection: “Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child”
Toward a More Adequate Catholic Engagement
The Challenge of Racial Reconciliation
Other Resources in the Faith Tradition
Compassion and Intentional Cross-Racial Solidarity
Church Practices That Facilitate Racial Solidarity
Concluding Reflection: A Confession of Faith
“A Dream Deferred” Meditations on African American Understandings of Justice and Hope
The Fundamental Principle or Norm: Universal Inclusion
The Unstated Vision: The “Welcome Table” and the “Beloved Community”
Theoretical Implications of This Vision
The Importance of Hope in the Pursuit of Justice
The Vocation of the Black Catholic Theologian and the Struggle of the Black Catholic Community Speaking Truth to—and from—Two Traditions
The Vocation of the Black Scholar
The Vocation of the Catholic Theologian
The Vocation of the Black Catholic Theologian
The Challenges of the Black Catholic Theological Vocation
The Struggles of Being a Black Catholic Theologian
The Joys of Being a Black Catholic Theologian
The Significance of the Black Catholic Theological Vocation
Resources for Further Reflection and Understanding
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