Racism is an evil which endures in our society and in our Church. Despite apparent advances and even significant changes in the last two decades, the reality of racism remains. In large part it is only external appearances which have changed… [T]he timing is ripe for a more forceful response of the Church to examine our own institutions, policies and structures and rid them of any racist attitudes or behaviors.

U.S Catholic Bishops, Brothers and Sisters to Us: Pastoral Letter on Race, 1979


Check out Archbishop Schnurr’s April ’21 letter to the faithful addressing the sin of racism.

The Most recent pastoral letter on racism, “Open Wide Our Hearts,” was released Nov. 2018.
Here are the corresponding educational resources and parish resources from USCCB.

Here’s another great resource from the USCCB: Building Intercultural Competence for Ministers.

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Catholic Social Teaching calls us to not only understand and deepen our faith but also to live our faith. Whether through advocacy, education, faith sharing, or public action, we all must practice our faith in our every word and deed. As James 2:17 says, “Faith without works is dead.” Please check back often to our Action Center for various ways that you and your community can speak out with compassion and solidarity for justice and peace.