Nashville, Tenn., Oct 24, 2017 / 11:08 am
The administrator of the Diocese of Nashville has called on the local community to pray for the conversions of white nationalists who are organizing two rallies in Tennessee later this month.
"On behalf of the Catholic community of the Diocese of Nashville, I ask for your prayers that the hearts and minds of these individuals be changed through the loving presence of the Holy Spirit," Father Mike Johnston said Oct. 20. Johnston is administrator of the diocese, which has been vacant since the June 3 death of Bishop David Choby.
"Their message is not one of peace and tolerance, but rather it is one that seeks to divide us and demean the dignity and respect of men, women and children who have survived intolerable conditions, trauma and extreme violence."
The rally is being planned by the Nationalist Front, a loose coalition of several neo-Nazi, neo-confederate, or white nationalist organizations including the National Socialist Movement, the Traditionalist Workers Party, League of the South, White Lives Matter, Vanguard America, and others, The Tennessean reports.