The Most Reverend Wilton D. Gregory, S.L.D.

Metropolitan Archbishop of Atlanta

"We are All the Lord's"

In light of what happened at UVA and in Charlottesville on Aug. 11-12, it is important to know not only that the Church condemns racism, but also why it does so without equivocation. In the 1937 Papal encyclical Mit Brenneder Sorge, Pope Pius XI condemned the newly emergent Nazi ideology of race and warned the Church "to watch carefully ... that religious fundamental concepts be not emptied of their content and distorted to profane use." The Pope cautioned that "whoever exalts race, or the people, or the State,...divinizes them to an idolatrous level, distort[ing] and pervert[ing] an order of the world planned and created by God." Despite these prophetic words 80 years ago, it remains necessary not only to be reminded again why and how "we are the Lord's" (Romans 14:8) but "We all must raise our voices in condemning the vile acts that have taken place, and also stand in solidarity and union with those who are speaking out in their communities."

ALL are invited to attend this public lecture, which will begin at 6:30pm in Minor Hall Auditorium.
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