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Catholic Charities leader apologizes for ‘racism’ accusation

July 07, 2020

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CWN Editor's Note: Rob McCann, the president of Catholic Charities in Eastern Washington, has apologized for a public statement in which he proclaimed that the Catholic Church is racist. After a meeting with Spokane’s Bishop Thomas Daly, McCann acknowledged that his statement had offended some Catholics. “For that I am deeply and truly sorry,” he said. Bishop Daly announced that this year’s collection for Catholic Charities “will either be replaced by or taken in conjunction with the Black and Indian Missions Collection.”

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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Jul. 08, 2020 4:12 AM ET USA

    What a scrupulous, ignorant, and poorly formed conscience Mr. McCann suffers under. Saints Peter and Paul clearly and unequivocally condemned ethnic bigotry in the Acts of the Apostles and in their epistles. Centuries later the Church in _Unum est_ (ca. Sept. 873) flat out condemned the bigotry of slavery, and Pope Paul III in an _Pastorale officium_ to the Archbishop of Toledo (29 May 1537) likewise condemned the notion that one ethnicity could justly dominate members of another ethnicity.