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. 

A vigil on Sept. 1, at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin, for victims of a shooting spree the day before in Odessa, Texas. (Jacy Lewis/Reporter-Telegram via AP)
Politics & SocietyShort Take
Edward K. Braxton
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.
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with The University of Notre Dame President Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., Rev. Edgar Chandler (far left), and Msgr. Robert J. Hagarty of Chicago (far right) at the Illinois Rally for Civil Rights in Chicago's Soldier Field, 1964. (The University of Notre Dame Archives)
Politics & SocietyFaith and Reason
Edward K. Braxton
Every individual, organization, institution and structure in the church must do something to counter the intensification of the racial divide in our country.
Edward K. Braxton
Bishop Braxton: African-Americans face ‘existential threats that must not be ignored.’
Washington, D.C. Protest. December 2014. istockphoto.com
Edward K. Braxton
"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."
Edward K. Braxton
An invitation to white Catholics to use their imagination to enter into a role-reversal narrative.
Edward K. Braxton
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