“I Belong! And I’m Here to Stay!” u.s . Black Catholics’ Faith and Faithfulness

“I Belong! And I’m Here to Stay!” u.s . Black Catholics’ Faith and Faithfulness This study attends closely to the faith and experiences of black Catholics. Two major themes emerged from semi-structured interviews with fifteen black Catholics in a midwestern u.s . city: First, participants experience the Catholic church simultaneously as both a loving home and a significant source of suffering because of racism. Second, participants engage in forgiveness of racism, which involves working for racial transformation of church and society. The analysis suggests a need for corporate conversion in that racism remains a major and pernicious barrier to the u.s . Catholic church’s ability to serve as a sacrament of God’s love. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Ecclesial Practices Brill

“I Belong! And I’m Here to Stay!” u.s . Black Catholics’ Faith and Faithfulness

Ecclesial Practices, Volume 2 (2): 177 – Oct 28, 2015

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Brill
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© 2015 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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2214-4463
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2214-4471
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10.1163/22144471-00202006
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Abstract

This study attends closely to the faith and experiences of black Catholics. Two major themes emerged from semi-structured interviews with fifteen black Catholics in a midwestern u.s . city: First, participants experience the Catholic church simultaneously as both a loving home and a significant source of suffering because of racism. Second, participants engage in forgiveness of racism, which involves working for racial transformation of church and society. The analysis suggests a need for corporate conversion in that racism remains a major and pernicious barrier to the u.s . Catholic church’s ability to serve as a sacrament of God’s love.

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Ecclesial PracticesBrill

Published: Oct 28, 2015

Keywords: u.s . racism; Catholic; black; theological method

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