We Stand Against Racism
June 3, 2020
Racism has plagued our country since its foundation and, despite strides made over the years, discrimination against people of color remains a persistent feature of American life, as witnessed by the recent killing of George Floyd. Racism is not simply a moral flaw lodged in the hearts of individuals, but is a structural flaw woven into the fabric of society, affecting education, healthcare, policing, and the criminal justice system. But more than simply a political problem, racism is a spiritual and theological problem, denying that all people are made in the image of God and redeemed by the death and resurrection of Christ. It is a sin that brings death and destruction to individuals and communities.
We as the community of the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen and its School believe in the power of God’s Spirit to change hearts and to transform our common life together. As a community, we stand in love and solidarity with our brothers and sisters of color. As a community, we seek to live the gospel call, which rejects racism. As a community, we seek to take action to undo racial bias and the harm that it brings. As a community, we join in prayer with Archbishop Lori, who said in his homily on the Feast of Pentecost, “let us ask the Spirit to shake our house – to shake us out of complacency over the pandemic of racism and to fill us with fiery determination to defeat this heresy and sin, and to do so with the truth and love of Christ, poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit.”
-Cathedral of Mary Our Queen Pastoral Staff and The School of the Cathedral Administration
Archbishop Lori's homily: Sunday, May 31, 2020
Homily begins at 51:54
Archbishop Lori's Pastoral Letter: The Journey to Racial Justice