The following is a May 15 letter from Bishop Jaime Soto posted on the diocesan website:
Dear Fellow Co-Workers in the Lord,
Please join me and the Diocesan Task Group against Racism on June 8, 2019, 9am, at St. Anthony Parish, Sacramento, to launch a diocesan-wide campaign to address concerns of racial injustice within the Church and larger community.
Bishop Shelton Fabre, chair of the USCCB Ad Hoc Committee against Racism will be with us to discuss some of the implications of the recent pastoral letter “Open Wide your Hearts.” The diocesan task group was formed in response to the Bishops’ pastoral letter.
The members are eager to implement its hopeful vision. This conference is the beginning of a series of listening sessions and open dialogues about experiences of racism within our parishes and schools, aiming at developing pastoral responses to address these concerns.
This will be an opportunity to learn how foster constructive, respectful conversation to address the sin of racism within the Church and civil society. Please see the attached flyer for more information. I hope you will join me in this worthwhile pastoral endeavor. Let us ask for the intercession of our Blessed Mother Mary as we seek the mercy and wisdom of her Son, Jesus.
Respectfully, +Jaime Soto Bishop of Sacramento
Full story at Diocese of Sacramento.
Sounds like double-speak for “open borders.”
Because, you know, Sacramento, CA 2019 = Birmingham, AL 1960
Note to bishop, concern for national sovereignty and security and the rule of law does not equate with nor does it stem from racism.
Recent popes have condemned racism as a sin. Racism is alive and well in Sacramento and the USA. Jesus sees everyone as precious regardless of their race…and we should too!
There is hardly any racism in the U.S. today, at least not coming from the side of whites. That’s why the left has to invent white racism with such things as microaggressions and supposed structural racism and why minorities so often stage fake racial hate crimes. Yeah, this country is so racist that Jussie Smollet had to pay two blacks to pretend to be whites and beat him up, then he filed a false police report about it. And he got off scot free because his like-minded allies in the justice system are corrupt.
You are kidding me, right? Have you seen how many unarmed black guys are killed at the hands of white police officers lately?
Have you seen in almost all of those cases the police have been justified and exonerated because the assailants were violent or threatening or not following orders? I swear the Left lives in an alternate universe and has no grasp of reality.
I think you may have attributed the motive of racism when, in fact, the motive likely may have been something else.
Gregory, I would be interested in knowing in which country you reside. Obviously, not the US.
I live in the US and agree with Greg. Racism is mostly made up and fake. This is the least racist country on the planet and in history. But Democrats have to stoke racist flames to get people to vote for them.
Of all political and religious groupings, Catholics have always struck me as quite tolerant of others including those of other races.
Bishop Soto obviously thinks this isn’t true about the Catholics in Sacramento. I hope he’s able to take care of this problem so that his diocese can then take on bigger issues that loom much larger.
Soto does not even give one example of racism within the Catholic church to justify a Diocesan Task Force.
Are his pastors racists? Are the Sacramento Catholic schools full of racists?
Rick, first of all, it is BISHOP Soto. Let’s not limit the need to fight racism to inside the Church. Racism is rampant in Northern California. Look at the day to day racism with which minorities must live. Look at the number of blacks killed by police, look at the unemployment rate among minorities, look at the treatment of Muslims because they “are different,” look at the number of Latinos that aren’t allowed to join building-trade unions: look at the number of Blacks incarcerated for minor crimes compared to whites. Look around. Do you really think tha the schools in minority neighborhoods are as well equiped as those in white and rich neighborhoods?
Your comment, “Bob One,” is absurd. You generally refer to urban myths regarding the sort of alleged daily murders of blacks by uncaring white police officers that is the stuff of poor TV shows, and liberal talk show hosts. Certainly there is “racism,” only it is practiced in more subtle ways than liberals are willing to concede, and includes racism generated by minorities and their representatives. More importantly, Bishop Soto should have more central things to do than utilize Church resources in such useless ways. He is to assist all in reaching Heaven. That is the end of his duties. Having yet another “listening” exercise on “racism,” is meaningless and suggests he is not doing his job.
Crackpots calling the kettle White.
Rick, look at the number of blacks in your church next Sunday. Does that represent your community? Racism is everywhere in our diocese. The only people who don’t see it are white folks.
I do not know why you are so tied up in knots about all this. Not everything is racism. Most people tend to congregate around those who have more of their common interests. We always have and always will, and there is nothing wrong with that. If someone of another race enjoys what we do, the more the merrier.
Bob one, check out the number of black churches in your community, and you might find your answer.
Except for the virtue-signaling woke Bob One and his white leftist allies.
The lack of black Catholics in California has nothing to do with racism. Blacks have a historic tendency in the United States to be Protestant, especially Southern Baptists.
To summarize the link, it sounds like Black Catholics do better spiritually in predominately Black parishes but that 75% of Black Catholics worship in non-Black parishes. Sacramento doeesn’t have any Black parishes.
Left and right will never agree about whether there is racism, as left and right will never agree about anything meaningful, because left and right operate on the basis of mutually incompatible and contradictory interpretations of the world. It’s the culture war. The two cannot coexist peacefully because they both necessarily entail excluding the opposite, contradictory interpretation. Left is wrong, by the way. But that doesn’t mean the left won’t succeed in dominating society. It does mean that if the left prevails the U.S. will collapse because you cannot found a successful, flourishing society on falsehoods.
Churchill permitting, it’s a smokescreen wrapped in a fairy tale inside a bishopric.
I don’t agree, but it is good writing.
i’d be Rushin’ to top that one Hymie
but i can’t
(Did you not print my comment because only whites are racists?) There is a rampant racist double standard in our society. Years ago I was the Chamber of Commerce representative for my company. I received a call asking if I would advertise in the Black Chamber of Commerce Directory. I said no, I do not support racist organizations. The phone was slammed down in my ear.