Aparecida 533: Black Cultural Expression

The Aparecida bishops on the grave sin of racism:

533. Hence, the Church denounces the practice of discrimination and racism in its different expressions, because it is an offense against what is deepest in human dignity created in the “image and likeness of God.” We are concerned that few Afro-Americans have access to higher education, thereby making it harder for them to reach decision-making levels in society.

Pretty much the same problems in North America as south of the Rio Grande. The solution? In part the support for a renewed drive for personal and cultural expression.

In its mission as advocate of justice and of the poor, it stands in solidarity with Afro-Americans in their claims for the defense of their territories, in the affirmation of their rights, citizenship, their own development projects, and black consciousness. The Church supports dialogue between black culture and Christian faith and their struggles for social justice, and encourages the active participation of Afro-Americans in the pastoral actions of our churches and CELAM.

Including liturgy:

With its preaching and sacramental and pastoral life, the Church should help ensure that the cultural wounds unjustly suffered in the history of Afro-Americans do not absorb or paralyze from within the drive of their human personality, ethnic identity, cultural memory, and social development in the emerging new situations.

For deeper examination, check an English translation of the 2007 document from the Aparecida Conference.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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