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Staff Report – Florida Catholic


Bishop Frank J. Dewane has been named as a consultant to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ new Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism.

Bishop George Murry, S.J. of Youngstown, chair of the Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism, revealed the board and consulting members of the Committee on Oct. 2.

Bishop Frank J. Dewane

Bishop Murry explained that the new anti-racism committee will promote human dignity, which he hoped would channel social frustrations towards peaceful solutions. “The problems of racism are deep and widespread, and will take time to heal.”

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the USCCB, announced the establishment of the committee in August after white supremacists and neo-Nazis rallied in Charlottesville, Va., and a 20 year-old man drove a car into the counter-protest killing one and injuring 19.

The Charlottesville violence came after months of heightened racial tensions in the United States, and demonstrations across the country. The committee was formed to respond to this developing social tension, the USCCB noted. The committee will explore ways the Church can address the root causes of contemporary manifestations of racism, the conference said. The bishops will also hold public conversations about racism and race-related problems.

In the wake of violence in Fort Myers during the summer of 2016, Bishop Dewane hosted a Sept. 7, 2016, Ecumenical Prayer Service for Peace and Healing at St. Francis Xavier Parish. That evening the Bishop said “knowledge, respect, encounter and dialogue are the key ingredients if real progress is to be made in society and in local communities to end the cycle of extreme violence which has become so commonplace that we are becoming desensitized.”

The culmination of the prayer service was when everyone lit candles for a moment of silence and prayer for all who have been affected by violence.

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