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Our Sorrow, Our Pledge

Posted by | Catholic Charities of Oregon

We are brokenhearted, sickened, and outraged at the murder of yet another black man being killed before our very eyes. Catholic Charities’ position on racism is unambiguous—we condemn the demonic ideologies of white supremacy, neo-Nazism and racism, and we pledge our organization’s efforts and resources to combat those forces and to dismantle the structures in our society that oppress and lead to the murder of our brothers and sisters.

“Racism has rightly been called America’s original sin. It remains a blot on our national life and continues to cause acts and attitudes of hatred, as recent events have made evident. The need to condemn, and combat, the demonic ideologies of white supremacy, neo-Nazism and racism has become especially urgent at this time. Our efforts must be constantly led and accompanied by prayer—but they must also include concrete action.” [1]

[1] USCCB Executive Committee statement in support of the establishment of a new Ad Hoc Committee on Racism in September of 2017. http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/racism/prayer-service-for-racial-healing.cfm