From the Editor - July/August 2020

Black lives matter. Racism is evil. So is complacent indifference or disingenuous “All Lives Matter” anti-anti-racism.

“Black Lives Matter” is, among other things, a simple theological truth. Black lives matter infinitely to the God who created them in his image and died for them. The reason “Black Lives Matter” needs to be said is that, for so long and in so many ways, our country has treated them like they don’t.

The brutal killings of George Floyd and too many others at the hands (and knees) of the police expose the “deep-seated connection between institutional racism and the continued erosion of the sanctity of life,” Archbishop Paul D. Etienne said May 29.

As Catholics, we can reject the destruction and violence that have accompanied some protests in recent weeks. But we must not use that as an excuse to deny, downplay or distract from the reality and urgency of the systemic injustices that make protests necessary. Our faith compels us to listen and learn — and to work for justice.

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Northwest Catholic - July/August 2020

Kevin Birnbaum

Kevin Birnbaum is the editor/associate publisher of Northwest Catholic and a member of Seattle’s Blessed Sacrament Parish. Contact him at

Kevin Birnbaum es el editor de la revista Noroeste Católico/Northwest Catholic y miembro de la Parroquia del Sagrado Sacramento en Seattle. Pueden contactarle en: