Bishop Edward K. Braxton delivers Dean’s Lecture on Race, Law, and Society

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In the prologue of his Dean’s Lecture on Race, Law, and Society, “The Catholic Church and the Racial Divide in the United States,” the Most Reverend Edward K. Braxton, Ph.D., S.T.D., Bishop of Belleville, Illinois, asked a thought-provoking question: “What if?”

What if racial roles were reversed in the Catholic Church? What if you were a poor, marginalized white youth who entered a Catholic Church for the first time and saw all the images of God, Jesus, Mary, Joseph, the saints, and bodiless angels with Afro-centric features? How would you feel if all of the images of the Kingdom of Heaven looked like African-Americans and none of them looked white or like European-Americans?