“Francis does not merely state that Black Lives Matter, but he shows it by this long-overdue naming of a Black American to the College of Cardinals”
From Catholic reactions to the latest developments on the campaign trail in the US to gender justice in the Church, here’s what you read on Novena in September.
Given Breonna Taylor did not receive justice for her tragic murder, I want to address a particular type of venom seeping from certain Christian and right-wing groups.
Black Lives Matter (BLM) has been portrayed by its detractors as many things: Marxist, radical, anti-American. Added to this growing list of charges is that it is either irreligious or doing religion wrong.
The Pontifical Academy for Life has made a powerful anti-racism statement with a ‘Black Lives Matter’ Pietà.
On September 9th, the Catholic Church celebrated the Feast of Saint Peter Claver. Peter Claver was a Spanish-born Jesuit missionary sent to Cartagena, Colombia, and his primary apostolate was ministering to the West Africans who arrived in Cartagena aboard slave ships.
The 2018 movie The Hate U Give, based on the novel written by Angie Thomas, has as its central focus the tragic event of the murder of an unarmed Black young man by a young White police officer.
In consistory today, Francis cautions newly-elevated prelates against “corruption in the priestly life”, encourages them to be humble “shepherds”
After this Saturday’s consistory, Europeans will make up 42% of cardinals eligible to vote for the next Pope, down from 52% in 2013
Vicar apostolic of Brunei denounces “disturbing” party politics and squabbling in Church: “It is not the Gospel. If I were not a Catholic and saw the news…”
“The Gospel says you have to get down to the nitty-gritty and get your hands dirty”, says 56-year-old “street priest” and Archbishop of Siena
Francis speaks by phone with EU Council President to discuss “how to tackle COVID-19 from a multilateral perspective”, double down on “fight against religious hatred and radicalisation”
“Single-race or predominantly ethnic parishes are not the ideal”, laments Chicago auxiliary Joseph N. Perry, denouncing that “often… our parishes mirror the racial segregation patterns of American neighborhoods”
Preacher to the Papal Household Raniero Cantalamessa alerts “Religion and the gospel risk becoming a pretext for interests that do not promote concord and unity”
“The release of the McCarrick Report shows that bishops wield excessive power and may use it for self-interest as opposed to the good of the Church… For far too long, bishops have acted like temporal lords in their respective dioceses without proper safeguards to temper this lordship”
“The Church must seek justice not only for the unborn but for those already born, particularly Black Lives that are in danger due to the sin of racism”
“What we are seeing today even more so than four years ago is a population not only living in two diametrically opposed realities, but with two diametrically opposed views on reality”
Pushing back against president’s allegations of “fraud”, sisters say his “reckless attempts to disenfranchise millions… are shameful and will not be tolerated”
A German bishop’s powerful tirade against clericalism, the new Vatican synod secretary on authentic “conversion”, a priest who went viral blasting Catholic “bouncers”… here’s what you read on last month
“All three of these evils are contrary to Catholic teaching… The US bishops ought to condemn the publication and advise the faithful that it is not recommended”
Amid the growth in the Black Lives Matter movement and the recent protests related to the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, among others, there has been a growing counter-protest movement centered around the police force with the slogans “Blue Lives Matter” and “Back the Badge,” among other variations.
During the 2020 US presidential debate, moderator Chris Wallace asked both President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden if they would denounce white supremacy.
I have noticed and written of the multiple times the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), both as individual US bishops and as a collective organization, has exhibited cluelessness in its handling of racism.
The State of Kerala in India has as one of its mottos, “God’s Own Country.” The same motto does not apply to the United States. The US cannot be considered a godly country until it returns the stolen land to the people that God gave the land to.
Anyone familiar with the ritual called the State of the Union is also familiar with the fact it invariably ends with the exhortation “God bless America.”
Amy Coney Barrett reportedly will be Donald Trump’s nominee to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court.
Bishop Robert Barron strikes again. His Excellency released yet another tone-deaf article on his site Word On Fire, this one titled, “Acknowledging an Abyss; Finding a Bridge.”
In the US, opposition is growing to a Catholic award for Attorney General William Barr, who directed the July 2020 restart of federal executions after a 17-year moratorium.