The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops recently released yet another condemnation of the sin of “racism.” As is always the case this condemnation was not good enough for the radical left, something which “anti-racist” conservatives never seem to expect.
Writing in the National Catholic Reporter (which bills itself as “the only significant alternative Catholic voice that provides avenues for expression of diverse perspectives”), Daniel P. Horan, a Franciscan Friar and professor at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, gives the “woke” take on the recent statement: it is not anti-white enough.
“Last November the bishops overwhelmingly approved the new document. When I first read it, I was struck immediately by both what was said and not said; what the bishops did and failed to do. In general, much of what was said is good, if expressed too timidly. [It] acknowledges the reality of systemic racism, but only introduces it pages after first identifying racism as primarily ‘when — consciously or unconsciously — a person holds that his or her own race or ethnicity is superior, and therefore judges persons of other races or ethnicities as inferior or unworthy of equal regard.’ This is not untrue, but it’s far from reflecting the comprehensive nature of systemic racism that precedes and socializes individual prejudice. The emphasis on the personal dimension of racism too easily covers over its communal, structural, institutional and ecclesial nature…
The specter that haunts the new document is the unacknowledged reality that racism is a white problem and that while systemic racism does affects everybody, it benefits white folk to the disadvantage of people of color. Most people know that overt racial oppression and discrete racist acts are wrong. Another pastoral document to reiterate this point is not needed. Instead, what is needed — but wasn’t delivered — is a strong statement with a clear message exhorting those in the position of social and cultural dominance that they must change if there is any hope of a different future…
What is needed is a strong pastoral statement that encourages frank conversation about the reality of systemic racism and its long, complex, painful and ongoing history in this country. Pastors must be exhorted to preach about this difficult topic that will certainly make white people uncomfortable. However, avoiding the discomfort required to seriously consider social injustice is an abdication of pastoral responsibility. That racism isn’t just something from long ago in the South or the “inner city,” but deeply embedded and woven into the very fabric of all parts of this country — including predominantly white suburbs, exurbs and gentrified city centers — requires that it be addressed everywhere. Although a serious effect of racism has been the internalized oppression experienced by people of color, racism has been and remains a white problem because nothing will change as long as those who benefit from an unjust system remain vincibly ignorant. It is not enough for the American church to decry the sin of racism; we must dare to name the sinner too.”
It is important to note first that in his analysis Horan does not even attempt to offer any definition of racism based on the Bible or church tradition. In fact his analysis of the issue could have been lifted word for word from a self-professedly secular Marxist journal. This should obviously indicate that Horan’s position is worldly and not at all Christian.
Rather than focusing on the alleged sins of individuals, Horan condemns all whites for enjoying the benefits of “white privilege.” This slander imputes collective guilt to all whites regardless of their personal actions. It is as clear as anything else in God’s creation that our Lord blessed different ethnic groups with different natural gifts. This is why, when given an even playing field, some ethnic groups will excel and others will lag behind. Horan and other rebels against the created order seize on the fact of inequality of outcome and blame whites for the shortcomings of other groups. This is despite the fact that the relative success of different races in America exactly mirrors the level of civilization that these races were able to achieve in their homelands prior to having contact with whites. Because God has ordained that equality of outcome for all races is impossible, whites can always be blamed for any inequality.
Horan comes very close to explicitly saying what the word “racism” actually means: the white problem. The only solution to the white problem is either the destruction of the white race through miscegenation, or at the very least the complete dismantling of Western Civilization through Marxist redistribution of wealth and political power.
The fact that the Catholic Church allows members in good standing to publish such nonsense indicates how poorly equipped Christians are for the struggle that faces us. While Protestant readers might dismiss the case of Horan as just the latest instance of Popish corruption, we must admit that our own churches are in a similar state. Even the more conservative Protestant denominations are painfully slow when it comes to disciplining or expelling the theological liberals lurking in their congregations and seminaries (while the “racists” in their ranks are driven out like lepers). Conservative Christians continue to think that God will bless their sinful spirit of compromise and appeasement, despite the obvious evidence to the contrary. The only reward for their efforts that they will see in this world is the steady advance of faux-Christian Marxists like Horan and the inevitable decline of orthodoxy in every single church.