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Friday, September 18, 2009

Did You Know the Notre Dame-Obama Controversy Was Racist?

So says Memphis Bishop Terry Steib.
The relative dearth of black Catholic leadership in the Church at the time the pastoral was issued was due to "subtle racism," [Bishop Steib] charged.

Since that time tremendous strides have been made, and he cited the election of Barack Obama as president as an example.

"Most of us probably believed that would never happen in our lifetimes," he said. "To say the world has not changed is to dishonor all of those who fought the battles for us."

Some racism still exists, he said, and cited the recent furor in Catholic circles over the honorary degree awarded by Notre Dame University to Obama, who supports abortion on demand.

Other presidents have had disagreements with the positions of the Catholic Church, for example, in war policies and capital punishment, but have received honorary degrees without similar objection, he noted.


It is the subtle racism that still exists which contributes to the lack of priestly vocations among young black men because "it leads to a mistrust of the Church among young black men and women," he said. "Let's acknowledge that."

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