4th Annual Montesinos Lecture
Listen! Learn! Think! Pray! Act!
The Catholic Church and the Racial Divide in the United States
St. Louis, MO- Most Reverend Edward K. Braxton, Ph.D., S.T.D., Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Belleville will present the 4th Annual Montesinos Lecture. Reservations are not required for his lecture, Listen! Learn! Think! Pray! Act! The Catholic Church and the Racial Divide in the United States, which will take place on Sunday, September 23, 2018, at 3:00 p.m. at Aquinas Institute of Theology (23 S. Spring Ave., St. Louis, MO 63108). Bishop Braxton will continue the discussion at the Montesinos seminar, also held at Aquinas Institute, on Monday, September 24 at 10:00 a.m.
The Montesinos Lecture is named for Antonio de Montesinos, O.P., a Dominican friar who preached against the exploitation of the Taíno people in the encomienda system imposed by the colonists on the island of Hispaniola in the 1500s. His preaching led to the conversion of Bartolomé de las Casas, and ultimately to the formulation of a theology of human rights at the University of Salamanca.
Bishop Braxton is a leading voice commenting on the racial divide in the United States. In 2015, he issued his Pastoral Letter, “The Racial Divide in the United States: A Reflection for the World Day of Peace 2015.” In 2016, he published the companion Pastoral Letter, “The Catholic Church and the Black Lives Matter Movement: The Racial Divide Revisited.” This was followed in July 2016 by his Pastoral Statements, “Moral Leadership in Action: All Lives Really Do Matter” and “There Are No Minority Voters.” In January 2017, he published “We, Too, Sing America: The Catholic Church and the Museum of African American History and Culture.” At the invitation of Peter Cardinal Turkson, Prefect of the Vatican Congregation for the Promotion of Integral Human Development, the Bishop presided over a session of the Vatican’s international conference marking the 50th anniversary of Pope Paul VI’s encyclical Populorum Progressio (On the Development of Peoples) in April 2017.
On February 1, 2018, he delivered the address “Racial Justice and Peace in Our Day” at Northwestern University’s Sheil Catholic Center. On February 21, 2018, he delivered the 12th Annual Thomas Merton Lecture at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky on “Thomas Merton’s ‘Letter to a White Liberal’ and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s ‘Letter from a Birmingham Jail’.” On April 4, 2018, he published a provocative essay, “The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: What If He Were Still Alive Today?,” which imagines an 89-year-old Dr. King looking at the state of our country today.