Amid Black exodus, young Catholics are pushing the church to address racism

November 17, 2021 | Religion News

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(RNS) — Byron Wratee recalls the silence among white Catholic priests after the killing of Trayvon Martin. Since then, he said, he’s made a conscious decision to attend only Catholic parishes that are majority Black.

He’s remained critical of the church’s response to racism and racial justice in the aftermath of numerous police killings of Black men, but for Wratee, who grew up largely Pentecostal and converted to Catholicism 20 years ago, leaving the church is not an option.

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