The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ 2018 Statement against Racism: A Critical Analysis
Salzman, Todd A.
Lawler, Michael G.
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has issued several documents on racism. In this essay, we critically analyze its most recent document, Open Wide Our Hearts. First, we provide a brief overview of OWOH. Second, we critically analyze that statement and compare it to other USCCB documents addressing racism, focusing on the tension between racism as a “radical evil” or “intrinsic evil” vs. a conscious or unconscious sin, the interrelationship between personal sin and social sin, and the failure to recognize and acknowledge “white privilege.” Third, we offer ethical methodological suggestions to guide the USCCB’s next formal statement against racism.
Rabbi Myer and Dorothy Kripke Center, Creighton University
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