The Journal of the Black Catholic Theological Symposium, Volume One, is a continuation of something that began almost thirty years ago. In Baltimore at the Motherhouse of the Oblate Sisters of Providence on Gunn Road was held the first meeting of African American theologians, historians, psychologists, liturgists, and other scholars. We had assembled to discuss our place as African American scholars and theologians in our Catholic Church. We were faced with two questions: Can one be a serious black Catholic theologian and can one be at the same time authentically black? As black Catholics, we were faced with a double dilemma. We were not always taken seriously by black Protestant theologians; and many Catholic theologians would not take seriously our theological status or our scholarship. As a result, we found ourselves on the margins. We were, in fact, young scholars—some younger and others older—stepping into a potential minefield, confident, however, that the black experience and the Catholic Faith and Tradition had much to say to each other and much to offer one another.


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