Racism is a sin

September 3, 2017

Archbishop Paul S. Coakley

It has been a few weeks since violent confrontations in Charlottesville, Va., drew our attention with renewed urgency to the troubling fact of racism in our society. These ugly events have been the latest manifestation of an age-old wound in our national consciousness caused by the sin of racism.

Racism is an attitude of mind and heart that rejects the fundamental equality of all human beings. This basic equality is rooted in our shared dignity as persons created in the image and likeness of God. We are members of the one human family. God is the Creator and Father of us all. We are brothers and sisters.

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