The Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth of Convent Station, New Jersey have voted to take a Congregation Public Stand Against Racism.
“We have to admit and recognize the ways we have been complicit in this.”
“We need a conversion which includes everyone since the environmental challenge we are undergoing and its human roots, concern and affect us all.”
Concern for the environment thus needs to be joined to a sincere love for our fellow human beings and an unwavering commitment to resolving the problems of society.
We in Canada must also face reality that we must come to terms with the issue of racism.
Have I ever thought of the difference between what is socially acceptable and not socially acceptable discrimination?
I recently posed the following questions to our social justice network within the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul (SSVP), Canada.
Poverty and racism have always been intertwined. If we do not include address both, it will be difficult to realize any positive results that may finally lead to Justice For All.
Listen carefully … allow people to share their story … listen to people speak about their dreams and hopes … establish relationships with people.
What makes us believe that any changes that might occur during 2020 will create a new society, a society of justice and equality?
How does our Catholic faith and Vincentian charism call us to respond to the racism experienced by our African American brothers and sisters?
What might be “Socially Acceptable” and “Not Socially Acceptable” elements of “structural” racism.