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Priest in Ferguson, Missouri tells Vatican Radio audience about simmering tensions

Catholic World News - August 20, 2014

A Catholic parish priest in Ferguson, Missouri, spoke about the "long-time festering" of racial tensions in the town, during an interview with Vatican Radio.

Father Arthur Cavitt, who works with African-Americans in the area, said that "mistrust, racism, and prejudice" have contributed to hostility between residents and police officers for years.

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  • Posted by: skall391825 - Aug. 21, 2014 3:28 AM ET USA

    For the past 30 or so years I have seen, and sometimes experienced as a white supervisor, actual "mistrust, racism, and prejudice". Almost all of it was perpetrated by three groups who are able to do so with impunity: dishonest African Americans, the politically corrupt news media and Democrat politicians/supporters. That means it's here to stay.

  • Posted by: hartwood01 - Aug. 20, 2014 11:25 PM ET USA

    It doesn't take a genius to understand the reasons for the anger exhibited by the Ferguson citizens. I saw the same thing in my home town over 40 years ago. Sad that that Jesus' instruction to love one another is still ignored when it comes to race,among other things.

  • Posted by: John J Plick - Aug. 20, 2014 2:42 PM ET USA

    Why this self-destructive trend within the Church to justify violence and anarchy with "social injustice?" Jesus dealt harshly with such an attitude with the story of the unpayable debt to the King which was initially totally forgiven, but tragically was reinstated after the first debtor abused his fellow servant for a mere pittance!

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