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Combatting Racism - Statements and Letters

 

Church Statements

Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love - A Pastoral Letter Against Racism, 2018

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

25th Anniversary Executive Summary - We Walk by Faith and Not by Sight: The Church's Response to Racism in the Years Following

Reconciled Through Christ | En Español - Published by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in 2013, this publication explores the reconciliation and greater collaboration between Hispanic American Catholics and African American Catholics.

On Racial Harmony - A Statement by the Administrative Board, National Catholic Welfare Conference (August 23, 1963) that reaffirms the U.S. Catholic bishops' official position against racial discrimination and segregation.

Selected quotes from Discrimination and Christian Conscience, a statement of the U.S. Catholic bishops (Nov. 14, 1958)

 

Bishop's Statements and Letters

A Statement of Support for the New Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism from the Executive Committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
September 12, 2017

USCCB Special Task Force to Promote Peace in Our Communities: Report and Recommendations
Nov. 10, 2016

USCCB President Calls for Dialogue, Peace in the Midst of Violence
July 18, 2016

USCCB President Calls for Prayers, Reflection, Civility and Dialogue
July 8, 2016

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.

The Catholic Church and the Black Lives Matter Movement: The Racial Divide in the United States Revisited
Bishop Edward K. Braxton, Diocese of Belleville, IL
February 26, 2016

The Racial Divide in the United States: A Reflection for the World Day of Peace 2015
Bishop Edward K. Braxton, Diocese of Belleville, IL

Statement on Race Relations
Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, Archdiocese of Louisville, Kentucky
President, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Statement on the Occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act
Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, Archdiocese of Louisville, Kentucky
President, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Catholic Cultural Diversity Network Convocation, The University of Notre Dame Sacred Heart Basilica
Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory, Archdiocese of Atlanta
May 7, 2010

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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