The pastor of a New York City, Jesuit-led Roman Catholic parish is asking his parishioners to recite a “pledge for racial justice” during Mass that affirms “white privilege and the culture of white supremacy must be dismantled.”
In the video below, Rev. Kenneth Boller, S.J., pastor of the Church of St. Francis Xavier, asks parishioners to recite the “pledge for racial justice” after communion:
The parish notes on its website the pledge came from the First Unitarian Church of Dallas, Texas, and was “revised” by St. Francis Xavier.
The pledge states the parish “joins with people throughout the world, in committing itself to racial justice” and asks parishioners to respond “yes” to these questions:
DO YOU SUPPORT justice, equity, and compassion in human relations.
DO YOU AFFIRM that white privilege is unfair and harmful to those who have it and to those who do not.
DO YOU AFFIRM that white privilege and the culture of white supremacy must be dismantled wherever it is present?
DO YOU SUPPORT racial equity, justice, and liberation for every person.
DO YOU AFFIRM the inherent worth and dignity of every person.
Therefore, from this day forward . . .