regarding racist comments by John
The Office of
the Presiding Bishop for the Evangelical Catholic Church is
releasing the letter of Presiding Bishop James Wilkowski to
Republican Party Chairman Reince Priebus regarding racist comments
made by party leader former Governor John Sununu about Colin
Powell’s endorsement of President Obama’s re-election.
William R. Morton
Director of Media and Communication
“A Welcoming Community
of Faith Rooted in the Catholic Tradition”
Office of the Residing Bishop
The Evangelical Catholic Church
Post Office Box 178388 ● Chicago Illinois 60617-8388
(t) 773-721-5383 (f) 773-721-2581
October 25, 2012
The Honorable Reince Priebus
Chairman of the National Republican Party
310 First Street, SE Washington, DC 20003
Dear Chairman Priebus:
I am writing to you regarding the public comments made by Governor
John J. Sununu about Colin Powell’s endorsement of President Obama’s
Governor Sununu has publicly responded to this endorsement by
stating that the only reason for the Powell endorsement is because
they are black men. As a catholic priest and bishop I cannot
understand the racist tone of the Governor’s statement and I am
saddened that the leadership of the Republican Party has not
condemned it as being unworthy of your party.
There has been no getting around the fact of the undercurrent of
racism that has tainted this presidential election. I am saddened
that you have not invested the time, effort and the prestige of your
office to confront this problem.
I invite you to do so now.
As a catholic priest and bishop, I am committed to the theological
precepts of Social Justice and Peace and it is for this reason I am
writing to you asking that you address racists comments and
attitudes by members of your party.
I thank you for your consideration.
Respectfully Yours in Christ,
James Alan Wilkowski
Presiding Bishop for the Evangelical Catholic Church
“A Welcoming Community of Faith Rooted in the Catholic Tradition”