The Vatican has long spoken out about racial injustice and Cardinals of all races have more recently spoken out about George Floyd's death. Pope Francis has since denounced the "sin of racism" and added, "We cannot close our eyes to any form of racism or exclusion, while pretending to defend the sacredness of every human life."
In our own Archdiocese, Archbishop John Wilson and his Bishops have unequivocally emphasised that, “Racism is incompatible with the Catholic Faith whether expressed by the attitudes or behaviour of individuals, groups, or through unjust structures in society”. He also expressed his commitment to making sure that parishes, schools, and communities are places where everyone is welcomed, affirmed, encouraged and respected for the person that God has created them to be and for the person God is calling them to become, particularly in assuming all roles of leadership.
Recognising that many communities, including those in the Archdiocese of Southwark, still face tremendous barriers to racial and cultural inclusion, and that there is a need to gain a better understanding of this problem, the Archbishop established a Commission for Promoting Racial and Cultural Inclusion in October 2020. The Commission is to produce a detailed review to address the issues of inequality, racial injustice and potential barriers in a report containing positive solutions and recommendations.
This important survey is aimed at gaining an initial understanding of issues relating to Racial Justice within the Archdiocese of Southwark. It is not being used to hold any person or group to account or to form judgements. All individual responses will be kept confidential.
The final question is an invitation to members who wish to become a Parish Representative and assist us in understanding and addressing the issues particularly relevant to your Parish.
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Could you please complete this questionnaire by 14th June 2022.
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