"Racism is a sin that constitutes a serious offense against God."

St. John Paul II

St. John Paul II was not the only Pope, or Catholic leader, to oppose racism, racial discrimination and white supremacy.
"One of humanity’s greatest challenges today is to end racism."

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.
"Men rightly consider unjustifiable and reject as inadmissible the tendency to maintain or introduce legislation or behavior systematically inspired by racialist prejudice."

"Octogesima Adveniens" St. Paul VI
"Racial discrimination can in no way be justified."

"Pacem in Terris," St. John XXIII.
"We cannot tolerate or turn a blind eye to racism and exclusion in any form and yet claim to defend the sacredness of every human life"

Pope Francis
Also: "Any kind of social or cultural discrimination in basic personal rights on the grounds of sex, race, color, social conditions, language or religion, must be curbed and eradicated as incompatible with God's design."

"Gaudium et Spes," Second Vatican Council.
"Racism is a sin; a sin that divides the human family, blots out the image of God among specific members of that family, and violates the fundamental human dignity of those called to be children of the same Father."

"Brothers and Sisters to Us," US Catholic Bishops.
And "As we come to know the seriousness of the situation, the war, the racism, the poverty in our world, we come to realize that things will not be changed simply by words or demonstrations. Rather, it's a question of living one's life in a drastically different way." Dorothy Day

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