Bishop Denies Racism Charge

The CA loves to promote racism.

They act as if they don’t like it, but obviously they love it. They promote it at every opportunity. They see racism in every corner.

Last week they found it at a Catholic Church in Collierville. According to their story, black female employees of a cleaning service accused the parish priest of racism.

Two women are alleging that a priest at Catholic Church of the Incarnation in Collierville racially discriminated against one of them by rejecting her as a house cleaner on the basis of race…According to the letter, the two women are employees of Master Building Service Contractors, which also does house cleaning for Kowal. Other employees cleaned the church and the parish school, according to Nick Signaigo, who owns Master Building Service Contractors with his father.

When Emily Weaver, who is white, was reassigned, she took LaShundra Allen, who is black, to Kowal’s house to train her as a replacement.
There, the women were told by the pastor’s secretary, “I’m sorry, we are not trying to be rude, but the dog doesn’t like black people,” according to the letter from Holland.

The office staff said Allen could not clean Kowal’s home due to his dog, according to the letter, even after they went to ask Kowal whether the dog could be crated during the cleaning.
“In no uncertain terms, Father Jacek knew that an African American woman was about to clean his home,” the letter says. “He made no effort to come meet Ms. Allen. He made no effort to correct any statement about his dog being a ‘racist.’

“The two church office employees then reiterated that Father Jacek ‘did not want (Ms. Allen) there’ and that they needed to leave. Both Ms. Allen and Ms. Weaver were shocked, humiliated, and felt severely disrespected by this treatment and the statements.”

The letter says “it is quite easy to see the racism in this exchange,” including that the dog may not be allowed around people of color or may be allowed to be aggressive toward people of color. The letter also said the interaction “most strongly suggests that Father Jacek and his staff did not want an African American woman cleaning his home,” likely due to racial profiling.

Although this has not appeared in the newspaper, a response was sent by Bishop David Talley. Here’s what he wrote:

Last month an allegation of racial discrimination was raised against Fr. Jacek Kowel, pastor of the Catholic Church of the Incarnation in Collierville, by two employees of Master Building Service Contractors, a cleaning company that cleaned the church, school and rectory. By letter from their attorney, the employees requested an investigation by the Diocese, though they declined to speak directly with the diocesan investigator. After a thorough investigation, we are certain that the claims of racial bias and discrimination are unfounded and that Fr. Kowal did nothing wrong. Normally our investigations are not made public. However these charges were raised in detail to the media, garnering national attention. Thus, in this particular case it is appropriate to respond publicly.
On Friday, May 3 Fr. Kowal was finishing his celebration of morning Mass and getting ready for the annual May crowning celebration. He was approached by members of the parish staff. They told Fr. Kowal that the cleaning company employee who typically cleans his rectory had arrived unannounced that morning to the parish office, and informed the parish staff that she was quitting her employment. She wanted to enter the rectory with her replacement in order to train her. The parish staff had informed the cleaning company employees that Fr. Kowal was at the May crowning, and could not leave the church to come to the rectory and crate his dog, a German Shepherd named Ceaser. The housekeeper indicated that she would be happy to crate the dog without its owner. Being concerned that this might be a danger, two parish staff members left the office and went to the church to ask Fr. Kowal his thoughts. Fr. Kowal told his staff that the women should not enter the rectory and try to place the dog in a crate without him present, as he was concerned that they would be at risk of being bitten. While the current housekeeper had been properly introduced to the dog by Fr. Kowal, he was not able to leave at that time to introduce his dog the replacement employee. Fr. Kowal’s response would have been the same with respect to any new employee or visitor unknown by the dog, regardless or race or ethnicity.

At the time the cleaning company employees came to the office, the parish staff knew that Fr. Kowal’s dog was in the rectory outside of his crate. They were aware that the dog was very protective of his home, and there was a risk that the dog would bite a stranger entering the rectory without his owner present. The staff were aware that years ago the dog had been threatened by a person who happened to be African American, causing the dog to be somewhat more agitated initially around strangers with darker skin, until the dog gets to know them. The replacement employee who was planning to enter the rectory was an African American person the dog had never met. A parish staff member told the women that she was concerned about them entering the rectory because “Fr. Jacek’s dog is kinda racist.”
Although the parish staff member’s choice of words was highly unfortunate and imprecise – they were not motivated by racial animus. Rather, the concern by all involved was the safety of these women, one of whom was a stranger to the dog, and they knew that attempting to crate the dog would be dangerous when its owner was not present. Their concern was to prevent the cleaning company employees from being injured. And the parish staff were aware that in 2017 Fr. Kowal had been bitten on the hand by the dog while trying to crate him in an agitated state.
The cleaning company employees interpreted this incident as a pretext by Fr. Kowal, motivated by a desire not to have an African American housekeeper. This is simply not true. In fact, at his previous assignment as pastor, Fr. Kowal employed an African American housekeeper the entire five years he was pastor.

In conclusion, after our thorough investigation, I find these particular allegations of racial discrimination to be unfounded. As bishop, I wish to emphasize that all human persons are created in the image of the one God and enjoy an equal dignity. Therefore, all forms of racial discrimination are sinful and wrong. What occurred at Incarnation, however, simply was not a case of racial discrimination.
Most Reverend David P. Talley

That sounds like a reasonable and logical explanation of what happened.

We are in a new era of McCarthyism. Only this time it’s not Communists that politicians see everywhere, it’s racist.

Today being charged with racism is about the most heinous slur that can be hurled. It is also one of the most difficult to deny. How do you deny a negative?

That’s what makes it so damnable for media and eager Democrats to accuse anyone they don’t like of being racist.

It will reach a tipping point, just as the McCarthy hearings did, but we’re not there yet.

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