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Ep. 22 - Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers and the Catholic Response to Racism
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Ep. 22 - Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers and the Catholic Response to Racism

A conversation on Race, Prejudice, BLM, CRT, Liberation Theology, and more
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Will Wright is joined by Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers who discusses his book 'Building a Civilization of Love' and addresses the topics of prejudice, racism, language, and identity in Christ. He emphasizes the importance of love and seeing the image of God in others as the solution to racial division. Deacon Harold also explores the distinction between prejudice and racism, and the need for self-reflection and empathy to overcome prejudice. He discusses the role of the Catholic Church in addressing racial issues and the importance of an eschatological perspective.

Additionally, he examines critical race theory, liberation theology, and the Black Lives Matter movement in relation to the Catholic faith. In this conversation, Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers discusses the agenda of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement and its impact on the nuclear family. He also highlights the high abortion rate among black women and the eugenicist history of Planned Parenthood.

Deacon Harold challenges communities of color to address internal issues and embrace their faith to bring healing and reconciliation. He advocates for using inclusive terms like 'people of color' instead of 'African American' and suggests practical steps for transcending race, such as appreciating cultural diversity and promoting conversation. Deacon Harold emphasizes the importance of incorporating saints of color in Catholic education and worship, and he praises the Catholic Church for its focus on Jesus Christ and the gospel in addressing racial issues.

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Who is Deacon Harold?

Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers – known around the world as the “Dynamic Deacon” – is one of the most sought-after speakers in the Church today. He is a powerful and passionate evangelist and preacher, whose no-nonsense approach to living and proclaiming the Catholic faith will challenge and inspire those who hear him.

He travels across the United States and around the world speaking at conferences, workshops, retreats, parish missions, high schools, and young adult events – in short, to everyone who desires to know Jesus intimately and enjoy a deeper personal relationship with Him. His areas of expertise include marriage and family life, discerning the will of God, the sacraments, male spirituality, evangelization, prayer, and many others.

Deacon Harold holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics and Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame, and a Master of Theological Studies Degree from the University of Dallas. He co-hosts the national weekly broadcast “Living Stones” on Mater Dei Radio. Deacon Harold has appeared in the major feature film Power in My Hands and is the creator of Walk by Faith Wednesday Webinars, a weekly hour of Catholic catechesis and teaching.

In addition, he is the host or co-host of several popular series on EWTN television and is featured on the renown Chosen faith formation program by Ascension Press. Deacon Harold is an award-winning author who has written six books, including Behold the Man: A Catholic Vision of Male Spirituality, Father Augustus Tolton: The Slave Who Became the First African-American Priest, and the acclaimed new book Building a Civilization of Love: A Catholic Response to Racism.

Retaining a deep love of Benedictine spirituality which he gained during his time discerning a call to that religious community, Deacon Harold is a Benedictine Oblate of Mount Angel Abbey. He is also a member of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars and the Confraternity of Catholic Clergy.

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