During the 2020 US presidential debate, moderator Chris Wallace asked both President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden if they would denounce white supremacy.
Trump made no such denunciation, while decrying “Antifa,” and messaged to the white supremacist group Proud Boys to “stand back and stand by.”
The Proud Boys viewed this message from Trump as a rallying cry and endorsement of their racist cause.
For a presidential candidate, who is also the sitting president, to have such a boldfaced racist stance is outright shameful.
However, worse than this and held to a higher moral standard is the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), with its inability to denounce white supremacy, white nationalism and white privilege which makes it complicit in these forms of racism.
Perhaps it should not be shocking that there are US Catholic bishops who support a racist president and do not themselves denounce racism, particularly racism perpetrated by white people.
And while not only Americans but people all over the world are stunned by Trump’s apparent endorsement of white supremacy, I would like Catholics to channel this outrage towards the US bishops.
Dear US bishops, what kind of example are you showing in your lack of denunciation of white supremacy?
Where is the denunciation of Rittenhouse and his white supremacist beliefs?
The world is watching the USCCB. Will the USCCB stand with Trump and white supremacists, or will the USCCB stand with the People of God and denounce white supremacy as an intrinsic evil?
If the USCCB cannot denounce Trump and white supremacy, then the USCCB does not stand with Christ, defender of the poor and the marginalized (cf. Matthew 25: 40).
*This article has been altered to better reflect the nature of the allegations against Rittenhouse.