Racism

“Racism is a sin: a sin that divides the human family, blots out the image of God among specific members of that family, and violates the fundamental human dignity of those called to be children of the same Father.​”

-US Bishops in ‘Brothers and Sisters to Us’

Our country continues to see the effects of racism, our foundational sin. As we combat racism in our community, we must acknowledge the hurt of our brothers and sisters, offer compassion, and work for a peaceful way forward between brothers and sisters.

 

Read, Study & Discuss

 

Read, Study, & Discuss Writings from the US Bishops on Racism
Brothers and Sisters to Us ​– A letter from the US Bishops
What We Have Seen and Heard – A letter from the US Bishops

 

Learn about Black Catholic Saints
The Catholic Church in the US has been blessed by the steadfast faith of black Catholics, including a number of American saints. The National Black Catholic Congress has a list of some notable saints including Ven. Henriette Delille, foundress of the first African American religious order, Ven. Pierre Toussaint who devoted himself to charity and fundraised to build St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City, and Servant of God Augustus Tolton, who had to study in Rome because no US seminary would accept him, and yet returned as the first African-American priest in the US.

 

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