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St. Louis archbishop: ‘dismantle systemic racism’

Catholic World News - August 26, 2014

In the wake of violence in Ferguson, Missouri, that followed the shooting of Michael Brown, Archbishop Robert Carlson of St. Louis called for the dismantling of “systemic racism.”

“I pledge an ongoing commitment to provide a pathway out of poverty by providing scholarships so that young people can receive a quality education in our Catholic schools,” he said at a recent votive Mass in the cathedral basilica. “I pledge my support and the support of the archdiocese to assist the churches in Ferguson to deal with issues of poverty and racism.”

Citing the example of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, he said that “prayer is the inexhaustible source of our service.”

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  • Posted by: unum - Aug. 26, 2014 10:37 PM ET USA

    Archbishop Robert Carlson says, "I pledge my support and the support of the archdiocese to assist the churches in Ferguson to deal with issues of poverty and racism." While he means well, how does the archbishop know that Ferguson has problems with issues of poverty and racism or just what the problem is in Ferguson? As a "prince of the Church" he owes the people a real plan that will get results based on what is really happening in Ferguson, not a "feel good" plan.

  • Posted by: shrink - Aug. 26, 2014 7:43 PM ET USA

    The good bishop doesn't seem to understand that knowledge is not virtue—a point made first by Aristotle and echoed repeatedly by the Church Fathers. The pathway out of poverty entails following the Ten Commandments. Principal among them is the sixth commandment, followed by the fourth. If the govt. had not subsidized fornication and serial adultery via welfare in the inner cities for the last 50 years, inner city youth would have fathers with jobs, providing for mothers of male children.

  • Posted by: Defender - Aug. 26, 2014 4:23 PM ET USA

    jg23753479: You didn't miss it, trial by press has been the norm for years.

  • Posted by: jg23753479 - Aug. 26, 2014 1:34 PM ET USA

    The policeman is guilty of 'racism' then? Guess I missed the trial.

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