Dwell In My Love
A Pastoral Letter on Racism
by Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I.
are called not only to a radical conversion of heart but a transformation
of socially sinful structures as well."
April 4, 2001
33rd Anniversary of the Death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
I am grateful to those who helped to research and
write this Pastoral Letter in its various stages: Bishop Joseph
N. Perry, Sister Jamie Phelps, O.P., Ph.D., John T. McGreevy,
Ph.D., and William Purcell.
I am grateful to others who read the draft and provided
helpful comments and criticism: Bishop Raymond Goedert, Bishop
John Gorman, Bishop Thad Jakubowski, Bishop Edwin Conway, Bishop
Gerald Kicanas, Bishop John Manz and Bishop Jerome Listecki; Father
Lawrence Dowling, Father Leonard Dubi, Father Thomas Swade, Father
Derek Simons, S.V.D., Deacon Ralph Shaw, Sister Anita Baird, D.H.M.,
Sheila Adams, Sheila Bourelly, Joan Neal, John Lukehart, Aurie
Pennick, Terri Johnson and Clarence Wood.
I am especially grateful to the Missionary Oblates
of Mary Immaculate, United States Province; the Chicago Province
of the Society of Jesus; the Society of the Daughters of the Heart
of Mary; the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago; the Sisters of Mercy
of the Americas Regional Community of Chicago; the Sisters of
St. Joseph of La Grange, the Order of Preachers Dominican Central
Province; the Claretians and the Society of the Divine Word for
their generous financial support on behalf of this project.
I am grateful always for the prayers and support
of the priests, deacons, religious women and men, and the lay
faithful of the Archdiocese of Chicago.
Finally, as a bishop of the Catholic Church, I hope
to include and respect many different experiences in a letter
such as this but most of all, I intend to present the teachings
of the Church in our present context. The teaching on the sin
of racism is integral to our faith and cannot be ignored. I hope
Catholics will be helped to put this teaching into practice in
this local Church I serve as pastor.
1. Introduction: Dwelling
God, the Creator
Jesus, the Lord
The Holy Spirit
2. Examining Our Present
How Do We Dwell Together?
Four Types of Racism:
Spatial, Institutional, Internalized and Individual
3. Envisioning Our Future:
How Might We Dwell Together?
A. Dwelling with God in Ordinary Life
Inclusive Communities: Living with Our Neighbor
Economic Justice: Working with Our Neighbor
Supporting Culturally Diverse Social Institutions
B. Dwelling with God in His Church
The Eucharist as the Sacrament and Means of Communion
The Empowering Gifts of the Spirit
4. Conclusion: An Agenda for
Racial and Systemic Injustice
Catholic Elementary Schools,
High Schools, Colleges and Universities