From Father De Celles’ column in parish bulletin Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ (June 14, 2020)
As I said in my homily last Sunday: “…Racism is a belief that different races, including different ethnic groups, are inherent naturally superior and inferior to each other.… And that is a terrible sin: Racism is absolutely contrary to the unity and love of the Trinitarian God in whose image we are all created….
“America will not be saved from the sin of racism and unjust prejudices by fear, anger, hatred or violence. America can only be saved, only be the UNITED States, if individual Americans, like you and me, accept that we are all created in the image of the unity and love of the God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Acknowledging that this is the very basis of the founding principle of our country, that, ‘all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights…..’ And so understand that racism and unjust prejudice, are directly repugnant not only to the love of God but to the very meaning of what it means to be a human being.”