Earlier this month, members of the Conference of Major Superiors of Men gathered with observers for its annual National Assembly. Under the theme, “Repentance and Reconciliation: Taking Action to Transform the World,” Sulpician Fr. Tom Ulshafer and New Orleans Auxiliary Bishop Fernand Cheri III, OFM, spoke about the historic and current experience of racism in the Church. You can view their presentations here, and read the Conference of Major Superiors of Men statement on racial justice here.
Facilitation and reflection at the assembly was provided Br. Ernest J. Miller, FSC, D. Min. who offered recommendations to the participants for further reading to deepen understanding, including the following:
- The Racial Divide in the United States: A Reflection for the World Day of Peace – 2015 Pastoral letter and study guide with Most Reverend Edward K. Braxton, Ph.D., S.T.D.
- Bryan N. Massingale in June 2020 on white privilege and his formative text: Racial Justice and the Catholic Church.
- James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time and a new book by Dr. Eddie S. Glaude Jr., called Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own.
- The chapter on Race and Modernity in the The Cornel West Reader.