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“Because of this, the Catholic Church opposes as profoundly sinful racism and anything that is antithetical to God’s will and the Gospel of Life,” the letter read. “We cannot turn a blind eye to the humiliation, indignity and unequal opportunity experienced by millions of our brothers and sisters simply because of their race or the color of their skin and yet still profess to respect every human life. Opposing racism must therefore be an integral part of our pro-life witness as Catholics.”
Schnurr called for a “genuine conversion of heart” that will “compel change and ultimately reform our institutions and society.”
“We need to look deep within ourselves, in prayerful humility, and ask our Lord to remove any vestige of prejudice or hatred from our hearts, any sinful inclination that keeps us from loving as He does,” he wrote.
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Schnurr invited others to join him online or in person to a holy hour for conversion and peace at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains in downtown Cincinnati.
He noted that many other parishes across the archdiocese also are praying for conversion and peace.