Equally alarming for followers of this blog is this quote from an article by a recipient of the Multicultural Community Service award in WA, Nick Agocs
Yes, there are racists in Australia! A close examination of our conscience and attitudes we will find that we all have "racist" views to some extent. But it is very disturbing for a cleric to claim that Australian parishes are racist while at the same time refusing to recognise the "institutionaled racism"that exists within the structure of the Catholic Church in Australia.
Nick Agocs was replying to a featured blogpost in CathNews in which Fr Maurizio Pettena CS stated:
The harm we do in showing frankly racist attitudes toward those who have come here in generosity is extremely upsetting. We can take a more positive role in helping these migrant priests to get used to Australian culture, but instead, we simply criticise them for being “ignorant, tribal or patriarchal.”
Will you ask your Diocese, parish,school community and friends to take Racism seriously?