In a Year of Racial Strife, Bishops Share Experiences in Dioceses

When the U.S. bishops decided to continue with their annual fall meeting despite a pandemic, they took it online, shortened its length but also its scope, leaving only the most essential matters on the to-do list.And at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops 2020 fall meeting, racism was part of that essential business.

What Father Tolton Might Say About Today’s Racial Injustices

Father Augustus Tolton, the first identified Black priest ordained for the United States, would likely be disappointed by what he sees going on in the United States today, said Father David Jones, pastor of St. Benedict the African Parish in Chicago.

Racism has always been a pro-life issue

The global protests over the long-standing plague of white supremacy, most recently manifested in the police and vigilante murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery, have put our nation and church on the precipice of monumental change or devastating setback.

Catholics In Queens Fighting Racism With the Help of Their Church

by Emily Drooby ROSEDALE — Matthew Campbell says the sin of racism forces him to always be on guard. “Every time I go to the park, it’s hard knowing you might not come home that night,” he explained. Campbell, who is a long-time parishioner of St. Clare Church in Rosedale, Queens, and his mom, Althea, are […]

The Virus of Violence

We are facing a public health crisis, an economic crisis, and a social crisis all at the same time. Our nation is shaken to its core. For anyone who loves America, this is one of the saddest springs of our lives.

One Hundred Thousand Deaths … and Then One More

Last week, the tally of coronavirus deaths in the U.S. reached 100,000. It is almost impossible to grasp the number of personal losses and the sum of the suffering of the victims, their families, and friends.

Pope Prays for U.S., Calls Racism a Pro-Life Issue

Observing with great concern the social unrest unfolding in the United States, Pope Francis said no one can claim to defend the sanctity of every human life while turning a blind eye to racism and exclusion.