As church demographics shift, Catholics urged to address ‘sin of racism’

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November 10, 2015

Father Bryan Massingale, author of "Racial Justice and the Catholic Church" and a professor of ethics and theology at Marquette University, speaks during a Nov. 6  gathering at the Archdiocese of New Orleans. (CNS photo/Peter Finney Jr., Clarion Herald) See CHURCH-RACIAL-EQUALITY Nov. 10, 2015.

Father Bryan Massingale, author of “Racial Justice and the Catholic Church” and a professor of ethics and theology at Marquette University, speaks during a Nov. 6 gathering at the Archdiocese of New Orleans. (CNS photo/Peter Finney Jr., Clarion Herald)

NEW ORLEANS (CNS) — A “seismic shift in demographics” in both society and the U.S. Catholic Church in the coming decades will create a church that is far less white, Father Bryan Massingale told a New Orleans audience Nov. 6.

The church will be unprepared to deal with that reality, he continued, unless it addresses “the ongoing struggle for racial equality.”

Father Massingale made the comments in an address to priests, seminarians and other officials of the New Orleans Archdiocese.

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