Earlier this month Pope Francis apologized to all Native Americans during his trip to South America. Speaking in Bolivia he siad "Many grave sins were commited against the native people of America in the name of God." He then described a new colonialism which has fostered inequality and exploitation of the poor largely based upon materialism.
I find myself wondering are any of America's Roman Catholic businesspeople are listening? He will soon be the first Pope to speak to the United States Congress. Given his calls for a revised global economy and a focus on environment as well as reducing economic inequality and reshaping what he calls rampant capitalism his billions of followers certainly are paying attention. Many are among those at the lower if not lowest edges of the global economy, a reality he lived when he was Cardinal Bergogolio.
Others are addressing the linear economy, specifically the Ellen McArthur Foundation which involves reshaping the use of materials cycle and deals with use of natural resources. For human survival at its most basic levels this is obviously important. There will be no sports if we do not have stable and sustainable communities after all. However we also need social and economic fairness, decency and equality. Racism has no place in these communities or our world today.
It is appropriate to highlight this given the immediacy of racism in America conscience and on our streets today. Our people have been killed in church this year, churches have burned this year. It is time for us to have a new and more complete discussion of racism. Let it begin truly in the one area most Americans are most comfortable with yet which still perpetuates raciam prominently: Major League Baseball. Team owners, including the Dolan family, the owners of the Cleveland, Ohio MLB team are Roman Catholic with several of the family graduating from Notre Dame Law, including the patriarch Larry Dolan. Let them do their Church and alma mater proud by doing the right thing.