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If the Crucifixion of Christ was wrong then why isn’t the Lynching of a Black Brother?

If the Crucifixion of Christ was Wrong, Why isn’t the Lynching of a Black Brother
Detail from Christ of St John of the Cross, Salvador Dali, 1951

As a cradle Catholic I continue to be amazed and ashamed of The Catholic Church and particularly the Holy See. It continues to show how #SilenceIsViolence. Many of its historic crimes really stand out: It was complicit in its support for General Franco and the Franconistas through the Spanish Civil War of 1937. Worse was to follow: It was silent when the Nazis perpetrated the most heinous crimes and even supported the Nazis. Another example of the breathtaking arrogance of its dogma on “sin” and “retribution” – in Nazi Germany this was the “sin” of, and “retribution” for the killing of The Christ. And despite its pretentious apolitical mask, did not this same Church also actively engage with Reagan and the CIA in the fall of Socialism? Meanwhile, speaking of discrimination: It has continues to be duplicitous on homosexuality: silent about ministers yet condemning others for their sexuality. It is also consistently silent and continues to turn a blind eye towards the horrors of pedophilia among its own; it has systematically refused to apologise for this, just as it has consistently refused to do likewise for the horrors of Residential Schools… And now it is silent again on #BlackLivesMatter; or muted, at best.

Christ of St. John of the Cross, by Salvador Dali, 1951

Hardly surprising… The Roman Catholic Church may call itself “inclusive” but it has also whitewashed Christ, the Son of God, who – we know from history – was a brown-skinned, socialist son of a carpenter who condemned all of the evils that this Church is silent about – especially discrimination. Christ was never silent when he saw wrong. He spoke out about those who were wronged and – remarkably – also forgave those who wronged. And who but a socialist Christ would have preached “Passive Resistance”, never fearing the consequences even to the point of death…?

Based in Canada, Raul da Gama is a Canadian poet, musician and accomplished critic whose profound analysis is reinforced by his deep understanding of music, technically as well as historically. Raul studied music at Trinity College of Music, London and has read the classics, lived and worked in three continents and believes that there is a common thread running through every culture on earth. It is this unifying aspect of humanity that occupies his thoughts each day as he continues to write poetry and critique music. His last book was The Unfinished Score: The Complete Works of Charles Mingus, a book that relocated the life and works of the great American composer and bassist, Charles Mingus, to the landscape of poetry. He is currently at work on a poem of some length.


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