The Church and the Racial Divide
Reflections of an African American Catholic Bishop
Author Bishop Edward K. Braxton
After the shooting death in 2014 of Michael Brown by a white police officer in nearby Ferguson, Missouri, Bishop Braxton of the Diocese of Belleville, Illinois, issued his first major pastoral statement on the racial divide in America. This timely and though-provoking volume opens with that statement, and concludes five years later with Bishop Braxton's reflection on the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. These events, five years apart, are the bookends on an ongoing effort to contend with the persistent racial divide and its meaning for the nation and the Catholic Church in America.
The Church and the Racial Divide also reveals the ongoing journey — and the gradual personal awakening — of an African American Catholic theologian and bishop in response to the challenge posed by resistance to the reality that “Black Lives Matter.” In his addresses, essays, and pastoral letters, Bishop Braxton invites a dialogue for healing in the church and the nation, urging readers to acknowledge difficult truths with openness to the Holy Spirit’s call to conversion, justice, and reconciliation.
Edward K. Braxton, Ph.D., S.T.D., is Bishop Emeritus of Belleville, IL.
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