The Archdiocese of Baltimore has been complicit in the sin of racism, as many Catholic-sponsored institutions were segregated. We need to look within to determine where we went wrong so that we can do better in the future. Archbishop Lori is a very effective writer and speaker, but he has not been a great leader for our Archdiocese. We need action from our faith leaders. Catholics really need to atone for the sins of the past by making reparation. We actually need to do things to improve our city.
Archbishop Lori is the Supreme Chaplain of the Knights of Columbus, a national association of Catholic laymen who engage in philanthropic endeavors. Archbishop Lori should use his clout to raise money to reopen parochial schools in the inner city of Baltimore. I firmly believe that the closure of so many schools in the inner city was part of an ongoing racist pattern in the Archdiocese. In the past when Baltimore Catholics saw a need, they supported it. Inner city parochial schools operated under the radar while the Archdiocese supported other priorities.These schools were allowed to die with the Archdiocese providing little justification for its failure to support these schools.
As a gesture of good will and with the need to make reparation, I hope that Archbishop Lori will develop a plan to reopen Catholic schools in the inner city. I expect the Archdiocese to set an example by investing in the future of our city. We must start making better decisions. The leadership of the Archdiocese needs to be held accountable.