On this, the day of John Lewis’s funeral – Requiescat in Pace – I commend to you two articles. The first is an essay that Mr. Lewis asked the New York Times to print on the day of his funeral: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/30/opinion/john-lewis-civil-rights-america.html?smid=em-share The second, an essay written by the archbishop of Baltimore, is from the current issue of the Jesuits’ America magazine: https://www.americamagazine.org/faith/2020/07/27/archbishop-lori-how-church-teaching-can-help-explain-why-black-lives-matter It expertly ties Black Lives Matter to Catholic social teaching. To my way of thinking, Archbishop Lori demonstrates a real understanding of the issues. And in an era when so many people (mistakenly, I think, but understandably) equate Church teaching with finger-wagging, the archbishop’s piece is a breath of fresh air. The heart of the Church is Christ, and the heart of the Church’s teaching is the Gospel of love and justice. In the Archbishop’s words:
Catholic social teaching is not an addendum to the Gospel but a living part of the church’s proclamation of our salvation in Christ Jesus. It is because of God’s love for each person and for the entire human family that the church speaks about matters such as economic and racial justice; the evil of abortion, capital punishment and euthanasia; the economy and the environment; religious liberty; the plight of immigrants and refugees; and a host of other social issues.
John Lewis, pray for us.