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 By Public Affairs Office

WASHINGTON—The following is a statement released by theU.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Executive Committee in support of the newAd Hoc Committee Against Racism. The committee focuses on addressing thesin of racism in our society and the urgent need to come together to findsolutions. Bishop George V. Murry, SJ of Youngstown, Ohio has been namedchairman of the committee by Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston,President of the USCCB. The committee was formed upon the unanimousrecommendation of the U.S. Bishops Conference Executive Committee and inconsultation with members of the USCCB's Committee on Priorities and Plans.

Full statement follows:

"Racism has rightly been called America's original sin.It remains a blot on our national life and continues to cause acts andattitudes of hatred, as recent events have made evident. The need tocondemn, and combat, the demonic ideologies of white supremacy, neo-Nazism andracism has become especially urgent at this time. Our efforts must beconstantly led and accompanied by prayer - but they must also include concreteaction.

"The Executive Committee of the United States Conferenceof Catholic Bishops expresses full agreement with His Eminence Daniel CardinalDiNardo, USCCB President, in creating the Ad Hoc Committee AgainstRacism. We also pledge our enthusiastic support to the new committee andits chairman, Bishop George Murry, SJ, as he leads the committee in its work.May God give you, Bishop Murry, the members of the committee, and all those whowill support you, the grace and courage to combat this manifestation of evil inour time. May He grant success to the work of your hands. And, throughyour work and that of many others, may He bring healing and peace to ournation."

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