Bishop Richard Sklba does Cartagena, Colombia, and generously shares with us the insights he brought back to Milwaukee:
In the course of my six daily visits to Saint Peter Claver's tomb, I gradually began to understand how infected we are as Americans by the constant presumption of unearned privilege by whites in our society. That attitude came with the pilgrim Puritans and found expression both in the way Native Americans were ruthlessly removed from the more desirable lands of our new nation, and in the ways that enslaved people from Africa were treated for centuries.
If it took a journey to South America to teach the good bishop, "gradually," that Jackie Robinson had a rougher time of it than Jackie Kennedy, I suppose it wasn't a complete waste of time. Still, it'll be a great day when a lefty ecclesiastic can remind us how much more loving he is than we are without patronizing pats on the head of the kind that'd make Peter Claver -- or Jackie Robinson, for that matter -- cringe in his grave:
The streets of Cartagena today are awash with faces of every color from the richest shining black to the mocha smiles.
But, hey, who's counting?
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Feb. 16, 2006 4:10 PM ET USA
Linus: Although I agree with the sentiment expressed in your post, I'll remind you--in defense of my hometown!--that Milwaukee has produced some fine men. To name two: Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz and Bishop Joseph Perry (Aux. Bp. of Chicago).
Posted by: -
Feb. 16, 2006 5:55 AM ET USA
The egocentric maunderings of a dunce, who evidently believes that he's the first white man to shoulder the burden white guilt, all with a sneering subcurrent of blame for anyone but him. The only original aspect to this farcical trip is that -- again, apparently -- the poor parishioners of Milwaukee didn't pay for it.
Posted by: Joseph Paul -
Feb. 16, 2006 3:56 AM ET USA
And the Catholic Bishops in the Southern part of America at the time of slavery dropped the ball completely by not speaking out against it. They went with the status quo. Why does Bishop Skiba think he would be any different if he lived then rather than now? He will ultimately be judged by history for what he does now to turn the tide against the modern holocaust of abortion.
Posted by: Convert1994 -
Feb. 15, 2006 12:42 PM ET USA
Dear Bishop Sklba. Sir, the African-American Catholics in your diocese deserve better than high-sounding self-flagellation. They are your brothers and sisters in Christ. If you wish to end racism then protest abortion because that is where the African-Americans are being murdered in the womb at alarming rates. Stop this reproductive racism! Show your faith at the local abortuary and crisis pregnancy centers! Yours in Christ, John
Posted by: Linus682 -
Feb. 15, 2006 11:30 AM ET USA
Poor Milwaukee. Failing schools, rising crime rates, racial hostility and free advice from Cartagena courtesy of Bishop Skiba. Where does the Vatican find these people?
Posted by: patriot6908 -
Feb. 15, 2006 9:46 AM ET USA
Have we not applied the whip of racism to our own backs for the last four miserable decades and counting, and offered endless contritions for those first evil European ancestors who plotted all this out in the 16th-19th Centuries? If this is the best that His Excellency, Richard Sklba, can come up with in 2006, I hate to tell him that millions of people beat him to it, long ago.