Religious leaders recommit to “reconciled, united, democratic and hospitable Europe” in online meeting with European Commission vice-president
Holy See culture minister Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi denounces racial prejudice as “negation of relationship”, “social and spiritual denialism” of diversity
“Do we look after people or sacrifice them for the sake of the stock market?”, Francis asks in new book, ‘Let Us Dream’, in which he also condemns “horrendous” police killing of Black man George Floyd
“Right now, the greatest need in the Church is to return to Jesus and his nonviolence”, insist storied peace activist Father John Dear
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”
Bishops plead with President Trump, Attorney General William Barr: “Witness to the dignity of all human life: stop these executions”
The president-elect “has given us reason to believe that he will support policies… against values we hold dear as Catholics”, alerts USCCB head José Gomez
“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”
“The Church recognises faults and feels a present responsibility” for anti-Jewish hate, “a sin against God and against people”, says General Synod spokesman on 82nd anniversary of ‘Kristallnacht’ pogrom
“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
“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”
“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”
“If people of a different skin colour were treated so ignorantly and arrogantly, then this would be racism. If you treat the other person like that because she is a woman, then what are you: Catholic!”
“Georgia Republican Senator David Perdue mockingly mispronounced Democratic Vice Presidential Candidate Senator Kamala Harris’ first name. As Catholics, we cannot look the other way”
“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”
Migrants are suffering from “the predominance of economic interests
over the human person”, denounces Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the UN in Geneva Ivan Jurkovič
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.
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.