As a longtime donor to Catholic Charities, I must respond to recent letters to the editor that have criticized Bishop Daly for admonishing Rob McCann. The bishop was right to do so. Mr. McCann inappropriately used his position as president and CEO of Catholic Charities to publicly call all white people racist because of the color of their skin. By extension, he applied this derogatory label to all white employees, volunteers, donors, and poor and vulnerable recipients of Catholic Charities’ programs and services. His egregious remarks deserved strong censure, especially given his position.
In Mr. McCann’s later “Points of Clarification” on the Catholic Charities website, he uses the term “systemic racism” numerous times. Ward Connerly is the grandson of a slave and founder of the American Civil Rights Institute. He states that given America’s historical progress including the election of a black president, today “the claim that America is ‘systemically racist’ is a false narrative that fuels racial paranoia, division and hatred.” (“America Isn’t a Racist Country,” Wall Street Journal, July 24, 2020). One can clearly see the damage that Mr. McCann’s adoption of that false narrative is doing to Catholic Charities.