Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Cardinal George: Racism & Anti-Catholicism

Cardinal George, in an address Nov 10th notes that the American society is making head-way against racism, but that anti-Catholicism is a deeper challenge.

Baltimore, Nov. 11, 2008 ( - In his address yesterday to the fall meeting of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), Cardinal Francis George said that the election of Sen. Barack Obama is a sign of the progress American society has made against racism but noted that deeper challenges remain for faithful Catholics who take part in public life.

‘This is a moment that touches more than our history,’ said the USCCB president, ‘when a country that once enshrined race slavery in its very constitutional order should come to elect an African American to the presidency. In this, I truly believe, we must all rejoice … We can also be truly grateful that our country’s social conscience has advanced to the point that Barack Obama was not asked to renounce his racial heritage in order to be president, as, effectively, John Kennedy was asked to promise that his Catholic faith would not influence his perspective and decisions as president a generation ago.’

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