Brothers & Sisters to Us

Sep 3rd, 2016

“Brothers and Sisters in Christ, More than 20 years ago the Catholic bishops of the United States issued a major pastoral letter on racism, ‘Brothers and Sisters to Us.’ In that letter we declared that Racism is a sin: a sin that divides the human family, blots out the image of God among specific members of that family and violates the fundamental human dignity of those called to be children of the same Father. 

Now, more than two decades later, I am saddened to observe that racism remains a very real and powerful force among us. Despite our efforts to combat it, racism continues to mar our humanity as a deep wound in our midst. It is a destructive force in our personal lives, in our Church, and in society.”

~Archbishop Harry J. Flynn, In God’s Image: Pastoral Letter on Racism, September, 12, 2003 

In many ways this has been a glorious Minnesota summer: one filled with days of sunshine, blue, lakes, warm temperatures, and enough rain to keep everything an effervescent green. However, it has also been a sorrowful summer: one filled with heart wrenching emotions regarding the violence this summer, and difficult conversations about gun violence, black lives matter, racism, police etc. etc. As with all difficult social issues, we always turn to our Church for leadership and guidance. We are hoping to start a dialogue here at Annunciation, and we will publish here parts of Archbishop Flynn’s 2003 Pastoral Letter on Racism. 

Peace & Justice Committee