Former chair of CARJ questions why Church in England and Wales is turning its back on racial justice

  • Paul Donovan

The former chair of the Catholic Association for Racial Justice (CARJ) has questioned why the Church is turning its back on racial justice at such a crucial time, Paul Donovan writes. Margaret Ann Fisken reacted angrily to the news that the Bishops Conference of England and Wales are now cutting the funding, having taken agency status away from CARJ last autumn.

"Racism is still a fundamental issue in public life. It is alive and well and in direct conflict with Catholic Social Teaching. To me, and I'm sure to many others, CARJ's loss of agency status is a disturbing development. Who will now be the official voice of the Church on these issues?" said Mrs Fisken. "The sin of racism is something that the Church must not only continue to speak out against, it must also seek to set an example by engaging with the issues in practical ways."

The comments came after it was revealed that CARJ has now been reduced from the main recipient of the proceeds from the annual Racial Justice Sunday collection to being one of a number of "external organisations," which can apply for funds from a grant drawn from the proceeds of that collection.

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