"I have a great deal of difficulty accepting Bishop Mark MacDonald's verdict on Canadian society ('Spiritual struggle, systemic evil', April 2018, p. 5). I do not dispute that there are incidents of racism that plague our society not that these incidents may coalesce into significant blots that mar our history. However, to call racism 'systemic' and to then claim that systemic racism has a 'deep and wide presence in Canada' is to suggest, nay assert, that there is a malevolent intelligence nurturing the elements that will perpetuate and grow racism into the future and that that intelligence is human-sourced". "MacDonald goes on to say, 'In Scripture, the struggle with systemic evil is a central element of the ministry and life of Jesus. I don't get that either. I understand the central element of Christ's ministry to be about love ...". "When I place this in the context of my reading of the gospels, Jesus' teachings are about helping humankind to do better rather than mobilizing it to purge systemic evil".