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*Image: Race Riot by Andy Warhol, 1964 [private collection]. The painting, by the renowned Catholic pop artist, was originally part of a Paris show called Death in America. Race Riot sold in a 2014 New York auction for $62,885,000. (Christie’s Images Ltd. 2014)

By Stephen P. White, The Catholic Thing, June 11, 2020

Stephen P. White is executive director of The Catholic Project at The Catholic University of America and a fellow in Catholic Studies at the Ethics and Public Policy Center.

Note: The Papal Posse – host Raymond Arroyo, Fr. Gerald Murray, and TCT Editor-in-Chief Robert Royal – will be appearing tonight night at 8 PM on EWTN’s “The World Over.” They will be discussing Washington, D.C. Archbishop Wilton Gregory’s comments about President Trump, the Catholic hierarchy’s statements about racism, and (yet again) Vatican financial reform. The show will be rebroadcast by EWTN (check local listings) and will also be available on EWTN’s YouTube channel shortly after airing.


Stephen P. WhiteWhen the bishops of the United States issued their first pastoral letter on racism in forty years, titled “Open Wide Our Hearts,” in November of 2018, it was not front-page news. At the time, the Church in the United States was reeling from the McCarrick scandal, the Pennsylvania grand jury report, and the Viganò testimony. The big story from that week’s meeting in Baltimore was that the bishops’ plans to vote on accountability measures for episcopal malfeasance had been forestalled at the request of Rome.

As sadly prescient as it may seem today, the pastoral letter may not have made much of a splash even if it had not been drowned out by other headlines. Americans do not particularly like thinking about racism – and here I will venture to say that this is especially true of the large majority of Americans who happen to be white. For one, racism is ugly. More than that, Americans are exceptionally bad at talking about it. …

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