He will explore the reasons why only a small number of African-Americans are Catholics (2.9 million out of nearly 70 million American Catholics), the “all lives matter” vs. “Black lives matter” debate, the negative impact of the erroneous expressions “minorities” and “minority groups,” conflicts over issues of morality, and the impact Catholic social doctrine and the Good News of Jesus Christ should have on the racial divide. .
The Bishop was invited to Cristo Rey Jesuit High School by the Reverend John Paul, S.J., Director of Jesuit Charism and Identity, Superior, Markoe Jesuit Community.
Bishop Braxton earned a Ph.D. in Religious Studies and an S.T.D. in Systematic Theology, summa cum laude, from the Pontifical faculty of the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium. He has served as the William A. Coolidge Professor of Ecumenical Relations at Harvard Divinity School and a member of the faculty of the University of Notre Dame, the Catholic University of America, and the Pontifical North American College in Rome.
While the Bishop’s formal education and writings in systematic theology have led to teaching positions at Harvard Divinity School and the University of Notre Dame, in recent years he has turned his scholarship to the question of the racial divide. In 2015, he issued his Pastoral Letter, “The Racial Divide in the United States: A Reflection for the World Day of Peace 2015.” In 2016, he published the companion Pastoral Letter, “The Catholic Church and the Black Lives Matter Movement: The Racial Divide Revisited.” These were followed by, “Moral Leadership in Action: All Lives Really Do Matter” and “There are No Minority Voters.” Since their publication, Bishop Braxton has lectured nationally, becoming a leading voice in the Catholic Church on improving race relations. The Bishop’s writings and addresses are intended to invite individuals and groups to enter into conversations about important and sensitive subjects without judging others in the hope of attaining greater understanding, mutual respect, and realistic efforts to bridge the racial divide.
The lecture will be at 8:00 AM on Friday, February 3, 2017, in the Cristo Rey Jesuit High School Auditorium.