We Stand Against Racism
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
A Statement from the Pastoral Council
The Pastoral Council is committed to learning about racial justice and growing in the knowledge of how to be an ally for those who are subject to racially oppressive structures. The council will do this by 1.) educating themselves through reading and contemplating about the issue, 2.) by seeking to deepen our relationship with those we are already in partnership with: Mother Seton Academy, GEDCO, Immaculate Conception on Druid Hill Ave, St. Charles Borromeo, our sister parish in Haiti, and finally 3.) by seeking to advocate for changes in our laws to bring an end to oppressive legislative structures.