Bishop reflects on race in America
March 14, 2014
A retired African-American bishop has written a reflection on race in America today.
“Although much has changed for the better in most of the Deep South and in the country as a whole, and there remain few signs of overt discrimination, much also remains the same,” said Bishop John Ricard, who now serves as a seminary rector. “Selective enactment and enforcement of laws result in more arrests and imprisonment of blacks and a broadly disproportion use of capital punishment for blacks convicted of serious crimes.”
“The enormously rich and bountiful, but often overlooked, treasure of Catholic social teaching provides for us a guide,” he continued. “We must address this issue and all which divides our country, chief among them is the issue of race, and holds us back from providing to the rest of this conflict driven world, the example of leadership that is badly needed.”