Statement on Systemic Racism

The Catholic Church of Jerusalem views systemic racism as a grave evil and a sin against human dignity. The Church teaches that all human beings are created equal in the image of God and that every person has inherent worth and dignity, regardless of their race or ethnicity.

Systemic racism, in which entire communities and societies are structured in ways that perpetuate and reinforce racial inequality and discrimination, is seen as a violation of these basic principles of human dignity and equality.

The Church calls for a society in which all people are treated with respect and justice, and in which discrimination and prejudice are eliminated. The Church encourages individuals to work to end systemic racism by promoting greater understanding and solidarity among all people, and by advocating for policies and practices that ensure equal treatment and opportunities for all.

(February 1, 2023)