His grandfather was a permanent deacon, and the parish where he worshiped, which was predominantly black and Hispanic, had other black people in leadership roles he could look up to. But later, when he left home, he encountered an attitude that said that to be Catholic in the United States means being white.
“It wasn’t until I got older that I realized my experience of church wasn’t universal, and it was a bit of a shock,” he recalled. “But at the same time, I knew that the Catholic Church was my home and that there was nowhere else I was ever going to go.”
When he left home, he encountered an attitude that said that to be Catholic in the United States means being white.
Father Trail, who is now a 27-year-old priest in the Archdiocese of Chicago, said he welcomes voices in the church who condemn racism in the wake of a gathering of white supremacists and members of the “alt-right” movement earlier this month in Charlottesville, Va.
“It’s really important for the church to have a public voice and take a public stand,” he told America. “This affects all of us.” [More]