Baltimore Archbishop Lori forms task force on racism

Archbishop of Baltimore William E. Lori announced Wednesday a statewide task force that will help determine ways to combat racism.

The task force will be chaired by Bishop Denis J. Madden, auxiliary bishop emeritus and urban vicar of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, and Bishop Roy E. Campbell, Jr., auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Washington. It will include leaders from Maryland’s Catholic African American and Latino communities as well as legislators, historians and others.

“The dreadful spectacle of violence and racism displayed in Charlottesville by various white supremacist groups is a shocking reminder of how much work still needs to be done to eradicate the sin of racism in our country, our state, and our local communities,” Lori said in a statement. “While many good efforts are ongoing within the Catholic Church here in Maryland, we know that we are far from where we need to be in fostering a truly loving, diverse community where all are welcomed and embraced, regardless of the color of their skin, the language they speak, or their country of origin.

Lori said the group will “take an honest look at our past” and find ways to repent and reconcile.

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