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Combatting Racism

 

 

 

 

 

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"But racism still profoundly affects our culture, and it has no place in the Christian heart. This evil causes great harm to its victims, and it corrupts the souls of those who harbor racist or prejudicial thoughts. The persistence of the evil of racism is why we are writing this letter now."

- Open Wide our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love

Latest Information

Practical Steps for Eradicating Racism: An Invitation - This Guide was prepared to assist Catholics and people of good will in reflecting on the evil and harm of racism. While this is not a comprehensive list, it provides actionable steps that may assist Catholics to reflect and respond in faith.

USCCB and (Arch)Diocesan Statements on the Death of George Floyd and National Protests

Statement of U.S. Bishops’ President on George Floyd and the Protests in American Cities
WASHINGTON – Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has issued a statement on George Floyd and the protests in American cities that have taken place over the last several days.

Statement of U.S. Bishop Chairmen in Wake of Death of George Floyd and National Protests
WASHINGTON – Seven U.S. bishop chairmen of committees within the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops have issued a statement in the wake of the death of Mr. George Floyd and the protests which have broken out in Minneapolis and in other cities in the United States.

New Resources

everyone-belongs-150Prayer Against Racism

Everyone Belongs children's book on the reality of racism and our Catholic response 

Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love - Study Guide

St. Peter Claver Prayer Service 2019 I Printable Version

Mass Formulary-St. Peter Claver 2019 I Printable Version

The USCCB, the Catholic Mobilizing Network, the National Federation of Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM), the United States Catholic Mission Association recently hosted a webinar.full of ideas for implementing the call of "Open Wide Our Hearts" in your community.

Catholic Mobilizing Network recently released a new short video in honor of Black History Month highlighting 5 important lessons from the USCCB's recent pastoral letter against racism, "Open Wide Our Hearts: the Enduring Call to Love."

Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love - A Pastoral Letter Against Racism | Abramos nuestros corazones: El incesante llamado al amor – Carta pastoral contra el racismo

Purchase print copies from the USCCB Store!

Check out the educational resources and parish resources that were created to accompany the pastoral letter against racism.

Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism - Mandate

Resources

Educational Resources

Parish Resources

Statements & Letters

Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love - A Pastoral Letter Against Racism, 2018 | Abramos nuestros corazones: El incesante llamado al amor - Carta pastoral contra el racismo, 2018

Brothers and Sisters to Us - U.S. Catholic Bishops Pastoral Letter on Racism, 1979 | Selected quotes

Love Thy Neighbor as Thyself: U.S. Catholic Bishops Speak Against Racism - In 2001, several bishops brought together a series of essays on the perspective of the different cultural families and on racism in general. Their insight remains relevant today and still relevant excerpts, collated in 2013, are available.

What We've Seen and Heard: A Pastoral Letter on Evangelization | En Español | Selected quotes
From the Black Bishops of the United States
September 9, 1984

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