Peace & Justice

This is the blog of the Commission on Peace and Justice for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, New York.

Wednesday, September 09, 2020

Catholics and BLM

Many Catholics are concerned that they cannot support the Black Lives Matter movement because some of the founders of the Black Lives Matter Global Network are Marxists. Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore wrote an excellent article on the matter in America magazine. The archbishop writes:

At the outset, it is important to clarify that my efforts here are not intended to address, and certainly not to endorse, the specific political organization legally known as the BlackLivesMatter Global Network. Many ideological platforms and tactical strategies promoted under the umbrella of the phrase “Black Lives Matter” are in direct contradiction to church teaching and should rightfully be rejected by faithful Catholics. Rather, the question before us as Catholics is this: Is there a truth reflected in these words that transcends partisan platforms and ideological constructs, a truth that indeed resonates with the Gospel values that flow from our faith?

[Spoiler alert: the answer is Yes.]

The complete article is available here.