First of all this thread is not an accusation. This is your opportunity to use your apologetic skills on somebody that is sympathetic to the faith and is Catholic. I am merely seeking clarity on an important issue. I am a black man. I have come in to contact with people who perceive me as selling out black people by being a Catholic. At least I often find my self seeking excuses for why some one should not perceive me as an uncle tom praying to a “white Jesus”.
Lets suppose that a popular answer to this question would be that the Catholic Church is a racists institution. My being a Catholic, i don’t want to believe that. Plus the Catholic church has shown evidence that it has stood against racism and slavery. Also, I believe that the faith is fundamentally opposed to racism. Its core teachings appear to be favourable to the inclusion of other cultures.
However, this does not mean that there are no racist attitudes in the clergy or in places of higher authority in the church. I am hoping that my ignorance is the cause of my dismay. But while the Catholic laity is certainly populated with people of all cultures and colours, when you start moving up the hierarchy, the Church begins to appear largely dominated by European culture and white faces. Perhaps I am misreading things given that I live in the UK, but even when I look at the saints, they are largely depicted as white. I think I have only seen one depicted as black and that is saint Dominic (if I am not mistaken). The problem with this is that it gives the appearance that while the church is happy to have people of different cultures in its laity and priesthood, they are not too happy to promote too many black bishops, black saints, or black Popes. I have never heard of a black Pope.
I am certainly open to an explanation that does away with this appearance. For instance one idea that i have is that in the past, the catholic faith happened to thrive in European countries and cultures instead of eastern countries or in native Africa. But we no-longer live in a society that is spiritually segregated. There are many Black People who are loyal Catholics. So what’s happening?