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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

Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism - Mandate


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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