“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”
Bishops plead with President Trump, Attorney General William Barr: “Witness to the dignity of all human life: stop these executions”
“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”
“Why is it that gender issues are totally ignored in a document addressed to all men and women of good will?”
Doris Wagner Reisinger says simultaneous Catholic emphasis on conscience and obedience is a “strange logical contradiction” that fosters abuse
“Trumpism and white nationalism is driven by the lack of resolve, the lack of the soul and commitment to make justice a reality for all”, denounces Father Bryan Massingale
Pope’s moving ‘Urbi et orbi’ blessing at the height of the pandemic was a farewell to the “Church triumphant”, says Protestant theologian and sociologist Reimer Gronemeyer
“Georgia Republican Senator David Perdue mockingly mispronounced Democratic Vice Presidential Candidate Senator Kamala Harris’ first name. As Catholics, we cannot look the other way”
Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation process has put focus not only on the would-be justice’s faith but also on the religious makeup of the court itself
“This situation is only possible coming from a cultural mindset of white people believing that they are the center of the universe and can do whatever they please, at any cost, disregarding all international law”
Renowned Scripture scholar John Wijngaards sets out the definitive case for female priests in a brilliant and accessible new book
“There can be no renewal of our relationship with nature without a renewal of humanity itself.”
“Please don’t pretend to be synodal if you are unprepared to actually listen”, Catholic women have told the Pope ahead of the publication this weekend of his new encyclical with the “sexist” title ‘Brothers all’.
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.”
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.
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.”
Upon further reflection of the California Bishops’ year-long initiative against racism, I noticed there are necessary steps in this initiative that are missing, and glaringly so.
On September 9, 2020, the Roman Catholic Bishops of California announced a year-long initiative to examine the impact of racism, particularly as it is felt in the African-American community.
German Catholic students have criticised the use of patriarchal language for the divine, insisting that “God is just as much woman and mother”.
The following sequence has become all too common, including within Catholic circles: Person A: ‘Black Lives Matter!’ Person B: ‘Shouldn’t All Lives Matter?’
Afro-Brazilian priests have pleaded with Pope Francis for more Black bishops in Brazil, and have complained to the pontiff of the knee of Catholic white supremacy they say has been “pressing on our necks”.
There are many in the “All Lives Matter” (ALM) camp who are “pro-life,” or more specifically, anti-abortion.
On Sunday, September 6, Fr. Bryan Massingale, in conjunction with the National Black Sisters’ Conference and the National Black Catholic Clergy Caucus, offered a Zoom presentation on “The Racist Sitting in the Pew: The Challenge Facing Black Catholicism Today.”