Vatican official calls racism a ‘spiritual virus’

A painting of George Floyd on a wall in Minneapolis (CNS/Maria Wiering/The Catholic Spirit)

Much like the coronavirus pandemic, racism is a “spiritual” virus that has spread throughout the world and must be eradicated, Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Academy for Life, said yesterday. Source: CNS.

By Junno Arocho Esteves, CNS

“I would compare (racism) to COVID-19, but it is a virus of the spirit, a cultural virus that, if not isolated, spreads quickly,” Archbishop Paglia said.

The Italian archbishop commented on the May 25 death of George Floyd while in police custody in Minneapolis and the subsequent protests throughout the United States.

Mr Floyd, 46, was arrested by police on suspicion of forgery. Once he was handcuffed, a white officer pinned him down on the street, putting his knee on Mr Floyd’s neck for eight minutes. A now widely circulated video shows Mr Floyd repeatedly saying, “I can’t breathe.” He appears to lose consciousness or die and was later declared dead at the hospital.

Archbishop Paglia told CNS that just as people were called to self-isolate in order to care for one another, racism can only be defeated by people caring for each other.

“Today we must start a revolution of brotherhood. We are all brothers and sisters. Brotherhood is a promise that is lacking in modern times,” he said. “In my opinion, the true strength that supports us in our weakness is brotherhood and solidarity. And just as it defeats the coronavirus, it also defeats racism.”

The fight against racism, he added, is done “not with violence but in the style of Martin Luther King, Jr – with words, with culture, with faith, with humanism. It is fought the same way we fight against the coronavirus”.

“It’s not enough to remain silent,” Archbishop Paglia said. “To prevent the virus of racism from multiplying, those (who oppose racism) must also multiply.”

He said the United States has had a vocation of helping others, not just themselves, but “I believe they have lost” that vocation.

Archbishop Paglia said he believed Pope Francis should consider writing a document that addresses the subject of racism, a problem “all over the world.”

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