Racial Justice Sunday 2021
Reflecting on a year that saw a global pandemic disproportionately impact on ethnic minority groups and a series of mass protests in the US in response to high profile killings such as that of George Floyd, our Lead Bishop for Racial Justice says: “It’s not enough to simply denounce racism. This is a time to act.”
Bishop Paul McAleenan echoes the words of Pope Francis pointing out that instances of racism continue to shame us and show that “our supposed social progress is not as real or definitive as we think.”
“Racism is a sin and a violation of human dignity in which we are all complicit. As Catholics we need to acknowledge and confront our own failings – as individuals and as a Church. Every single one of our parishes, schools and organisations has a responsibility to actively practise anti-racism in all aspects of our mission.
“We need to address the lack of visible diversity at every level, so that people can see themselves, their race, their culture and their history in the Church’s life.”
Racial Justice Sunday takes place on 31 January 2021 and it’s more important than ever we engage in the day and reflect on the need to further the cause of racial justice. Each one of us needs to ask ‘what can I do?’
The theme is ‘A Time to Act‘. Racial issues and inequalities were identified nationally and internationally in 2020 generating awareness, emotion and outrage.
In our Racial Justice Sunday section, you can read a thought-provoking reflection on the theme as well as the full message from Bishop Paul McAleenan. We also provide a prayer so you can join us in bringing this important work to the Lord.
Ahead of the day, we will also have a series of videos filmed by black Catholics and those promoting racial justice in their parishes.