The Most Rev. Edward K. Braxton is the Bishop of Belleville, Ill., and a leading Catholic commentator on the racial divide in the United States.
Politics & SocietyShort Take
God will not intervene to end the crisis of gun violence without our help, writes Bishop Edward K. Braxton, who offers steps for the faithful to listen, learn, think, pray and act.
Politics & SocietyFaith and Reason
Every individual, organization, institution and structure in the church must do something to counter the intensification of the racial divide in our country.
Bishop Braxton: African-Americans face ‘existential threats that must not be ignored.’
"Sadly, I personally know black Catholics whose personal experience has led them to believe that their black lives do not really matter to the church."
An invitation to white Catholics to use their imagination to enter into a role-reversal narrative.
One night recently I was visiting with a group of friends and listening to the music of Billie Holiday, Miles Davis, Nina Simone, John Coltrane and Ray Charles. Our conversation about African-American culture turned to a thought-provoking question: Why do more and more African-Americans reject the c