You may have seen news coverage recently of Cardinal Wilton Gregory, America’s first Black Cardinal. Some Catholics have expressed surprise that there were no Black American Cardinals before 2020.
Here is what Cardinal Gregory had to say when asked to comment on that:
“Maybe 15 or so years ago, I was being hosted at a very exquisite Palm Springs golf club. So I was there, dressed to play golf, and another individual — I opened the trunk — he said, 'You can put my clubs on the golf cart.' And I had to say, 'Well, I can have somebody retrieve your clubs, but I'm here to play golf.' I never forgot that. I am a Cardinal, yes, and I am also a Black man in America. When a moment occurs like this, the reaction of a lot of people is, 'Why did it take so long?' Well, it took so long because we're still grappling with racism and with exclusion. That's still a part of the world in which we live. It’s a reminder that in spite of all that we've been able to accomplish, the issue is still there.”