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St. Michael, Defend Us: On Carrying In Church

Blessed be the LORD, my rock, who trains my hands for battle, my fingers for war; My safeguard and my fortress, my stronghold, my deliverer, My shield, in whom I take refuge, who subdues peoples under me. — Psalm 144:1-2 By now everyone has heard about the shootings in Charleston: nine dead after a young white man opened fire at a bible study meeting in an historically black church. In a popular video clip from The Daily Show making the rounds yesterday, John Stewart dialed back the comedy to touch on several serious issues raised by this crime, including racism, mental

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Reflections on Race in America: A Catholic’s Perspective Part 3

How might practical Catholics respond to the current state of race relations in America?  Often the topic only comes up when accompanied by controversy and incident-driven tension.  Navigating such a delicate conversation, if you even dare such a thing, is risky business that can backfire with hurt feelings, hurt egos, misunderstandings and damaged friendships.  Trying to “win” the argument is as fruitless as grasping water. Still, we cannot and should not intentionally avoid the topic altogether.  It is important that we understand what is happening and form the basis of a response.  Here are a few steps, respectfully submitted. 1. Follow Church teaching on

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Reflections on Race in America: A Catholic’s Perspective Part 2

So what do I believe is happening to black America?  In order of causality and importance:   FAMILY LIFE I am inclined to think that the systematic dismantling of the black family in America is the single most important factor in the relative stagnation of aggregate black living standards.  This is certainly not an original thesis, but there is merit in learning the underlying data in order to defend the position. According to CDC, the out-of-wedlock birth rates in 1964 for white and black children were 7 % and 25 %, respectively; currently those rates are 29 % and 72 %,

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Reflections on Race in America: A Catholic’s Perspective Part 1

On the heels of the spectacle in Ferguson, Missouri I’ve tried reconciling my feelings about what’s really going on there and across the nation in regard to race relations.  Despite the undeniable improvement in opportunity for minorities in the U.S. in the last 50 years, I continue to strongly suspect a Faustian bargain of sorts in this so-called “progress.” My own experience tells me things have changed in these last several decades, and probably why I am driven to better understand what is happening in our nation, to the black demographic.  I grew up in a nearly all-black community and was the

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