Bishops from throughout the state of California will release a video today reenacting the Stations of the Cross to draw attention to the sin of racism and ask God’s help in eliminating it.
It is also intended to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the tragic killings at Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC, and the Juneteenth holiday this Friday, celebrating the end of slavery in the United States.
The liturgy was developed by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Each station in the video was taped at a location with rich racial significance. The sixth Station of the Cross was taped at the Fruitvale BART station in Oakland where Oscar Grant was killed. The tenth station of the cross was taped in a San Diego neighborhood that used to house the local KKK headquarters.
The video runs 40 minutes and will be linked to the home page of every diocese in California. It can also be found here.
Full story at California Catholic Conference.
So disappointed in the bishops. Pandering and grandstanding. Did they seriously use black liturgical binders? Those women dressed as altar boys look silly. This image depicts a church that very few people would want to join or continue being a part of. Don’t the bishops realize how ridiculous they make the Church look?
This is all election-year, contrived strife. Don’t people realize this is done by Democrats every four years to try to cause enough unrest to defeat Republicans at the polls?
Kevin T., I understand why you might think this is overblown, but what has black liturgical binders to do with it? Aren’t most liturgical binders black? The ones at one traditional Latin Masses are. Black binders are easier to keep clean.
And I suppose some others will complain about the use of white candles. I think we all are really getting a little nutty about all this.
Kevin T., I am not saying that you were wrong about female altar servers — just that I think you zeroed in on the wrong thing.
It would have beev appropriate to recall los angeles’ zoot suit riots in 1943 when latino culture found itself under fist and baton from the U S Navy sailors and others who joined in. The multi- day brawl also included violence againt blacks and other minorities. As of 2018 it is still illegal to wear a zoot suit in LA.a movie was made called Zoot Suit.
Drew , did you read this article ? what does this have to do with the subject ? for the record I support bringing back the zoot suit , and repealing the ridiculous law .
Hey Bishops, how about when President Trump visited the John Paul II institute ? Didn’t the local Bishop comment his objection ? These guys go with what ever the flavor of the day is.
The bishops take orders from the “cathedral”, as Curtis Yarvin (a.k.a. Mencius Moldbug) defines it: the coalition of mainstream media and universities that controls the narrative and dictates the policy.
Here we go again …. the accusing, denouncing and belittling of faithful Catholics by bishops. They are preaching to the choir. We cannot confess to sins we didn’t commit. Period.
The Virtue Signalling continues…..
Utter insanity, It’s depressing.
Amen. Utter poseurs.
Speaking of virtue signaling, our diocese office of so-called life, justice and peace is promoting Black Lives Matter propaganda by posting pictures of the #BLM sign on posters at a recent rosary virtue signaling event held at the diocese. When called out on it, they deflected of course. Next time I won’t be so nice…The bishop has lost all control and the diocese social media handlers (Greg Walgenbach) a progressive alt lefty is running the show now. So disappointed and ashamed of the circus that used to be a decent diocese. #nomorecatholiccash.
I don’t get it. Why does this bother anyone? The first line explains the project: to ask God to forgive the sin of racism. Is that a bad thing? Most people I know haven’t a racist bone in their body, yet racism is all around us. Why not ask God to help us erase it? We can see racism in poorly equipped schools in poor neighborhoods, We can see it in the Facebook site called Law Enforcement Today, We see it in the red-lining of real estate and bank loans. We see it in the lack of good jobs for well-educated minorities. We see it everywhere, mostly. Usually, the ones most likely not to recognize racism are white people. Ask the mother of children shot while watching TV at home in the evening. Ask the Black person who is afraid to go out in their yard at night. Ask those who suffer from racism. Yes, God, help us rid this sin from our life. Please.
i’m sure one of the sites was the
intersection of Florence & Normandie
in LA. The site of the TOTALLY RACIST
beating of Reginald Denny
the sin of racism IS bad
too bad church hierarchy
believes only one component
of their congregation is guilty of it
The politicizing of the Stations of the Cross is tragic. Why is the clergy here so off the path of Christ? Where is the truth of Catholic spirituality?
Run away from modernism. Hold on to our traditions. Read scripture and pray.
bohmeond and Cranky , Amen ! I wonder though how much of the church’s money goes to supporting Catholic Schools in those areas , supporting the students that could use a good education and make a real difference . This is faster and cheaper , and reeks of a cheap grace , btw way where are the masks and social distancing in this group ?
Bob , again school is on session , Stations of the Cross is a Catholic devotion to grow closer to God in exploring his passion and suffering , not as a tool of men meant to sjw signal ,or curry the favor of the mob . The scripture passage about the hypocrites praying on the street corners to draw attention is applicable , this also to me speaks of distraction from the scandals that plague the diocese. Your racism statement , talk with some Hispanics and Asians honestly on what their views are , your last “observation ” are those from specific cases ?they sound familiar but I don’t think that they reflect on who does the majority of damage in these areas , i.e. Chicago, Baltimore , etc, it is not white racists or cops going in taking lives . Read the stats , again less emotion , more reason.
There is so much wrong with this picture. Rick is correct – where are the masks, where is the social distancing, where are the gloves?
Bishop Barber is not known for his leadership in the diocese to do more to end systemic racism. He should be leading the marches in Oakland, leading, in a visible way, the efforts to end poverty in his diocese.
Animal Farm in the American Catholic Church. Milk and apples for the bishops.
Ughhhh…..secular/religious syncretism…..the seeds were sown in seminaries of the 60’s thru the 80’s….truly cringe worthy….how about a Holy Hour for the dignity of the human person instead?