Posts Tagged ‘Black Lives Matter’

Identifying Catholics and weaponising mysteries: Theological notes

Thursday, June 24th, 2021
hearing mean listening

Mention the name of any religion and the first reaction of contemporary, western, first world and secular society people will be to ask about its content: what do they believe? The emphasis is, at once, on a list of ideas about the universe, human life, purpose and what, if anything, is beyond the universe. Once Read more

Families of police shooting victims join march on Washington

Thursday, September 3rd, 2020
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Preachers, politicians and family members of Black people who had been killed or shot by police gathered on the National Mall on August 28, the anniversary of the March on Washington. They called for new legislation to address racial inequities in the country. And they urged people to vote. Among the speakers Friday was a Read more

West Indies cricket legend pleads for education on racism

Thursday, July 9th, 2020

West Indies cricket legend, fast bowler Michael Holding, wants people to be educated on racism. Holding made his emotional plea on the morning of the opening Test between West Indies and England, illustrating his comments with examples of what black people experience. A lot of discussion on Black Lives Matter has taken place leading up Read more

Protesting injustice is a fundamentally Christian act

Monday, July 6th, 2020

Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?” He said, “I do not know; am I my brother’s keeper?” And the Lord said, “What have you done? Listen; your brother’s blood is crying out to me from the ground! And now you are cursed from the ground, which has opened its mouth Read more

Statues of California saint need to be moved

Thursday, July 2nd, 2020

Los Angeles Archbishop José Gómez has warned that statues of St Junipero Serra, the “Apostle of California”, will need to be relocated to protect them from desecration. One statue, in San Francisco, has already been toppled. As the church prepares to celebrate his feast day tomorrow, the Archbishop asked Catholics to invoke the intercession of Read more

Who is St Junipero Serra and why are California protesters toppling his statues?

Thursday, June 25th, 2020
Junipero Serra

As protesters on Friday toppled a statue of Father Junipero Serra in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, leaders of another California city had already announced plans to remove a statue of the Catholic saint near their city hall. And by Saturday afternoon another Serra statue was toppled at Placita Olvera in downtown Los Angeles. “Pull Read more

Light-skinned Jesus statues are white supremacist

Thursday, June 25th, 2020

Statues showing a light-skinned Jesus should be be pulled down, says US man Shaun King. “They are a form of white supremacy. Always have been,” King, 40, tweeted on Monday over the movement to topple monuments. He then extended his demands to include “all murals and stained glass windows of white Jesus, and his European Read more

Vandals deface Black Madonna mosaic in Netherlands

Thursday, June 25th, 2020

Vandals have defaced a Black Madonna mosaic representing Our Lady of Częstochowa in the southern-Netherlands’ city of Breda. They also daubed the letters “BLM” beneath it. Breda’s mayor, Paul Depla, says the incident is “particularly sad for the Polish community, for which the monument is of great value”. The image of Our Lady of Częstochowa Read more

A love letter to New Zealand

Thursday, June 25th, 2020
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An African American actor who is in New Zealand has penned a column in the New Zealand Herald which he calls his Love Letter to New Zealand. “This is my love letter to New Zealand for all you’ve done for me after escaping a country that made me feel like a natural-born refugee and becoming Read more

St Patrick’s parish apologises for signboard notice

Monday, June 22nd, 2020
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The Pastoral Council for the Wairarapa Catholic Parish has issued a formal apology for the All Lives Matter sign displayed outside St. Patrick’s Church last week. It attracted coverage from every major media outlet in New Zealand. “St Patrick’s Church Masterton and the Pastoral Council of the Catholic Parish of Wairarapa sincerely apologise for the Read more