Washington D.C., Mar 25, 2021 / 08:10 am
Transforming communities to become more inclusive and accepting places must begin at the parish level, Bishop Oscar Solis of Salt Lake City told CNA.
Bishop Solis is the chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Subcommittee on Asian and Pacific Island Affairs. He is the first Filipino-born priest to be made a bishop in the United States.
Solis spoke to CNA on Tuesday to discuss the role Catholics and the Church play in combating racism and creating a more inclusive society, in light of reports that the number of attacks on Asian-Americans in the United States had increased over the last year. A series of shootings at three Atlanta-area massage parlors last week killed six women of Asian descent.
It is vital for different racial and ethnic groups to promote understanding and reduce hatred, the bishop said, noting that ignorance is often the root of racism.