Follow usTwitterFacebook

Latest

07 Sep 2016 Articles No comments

An Encounter With Jesus Through The Hand Of A Child

Surprises. Our God is full of surprises. A mentor in my life once told me to expect surprises in life, you are sure to have them. Good or bad, you will experien…

Read more

19 Nov 2016 News No comments

Sister Blandina Segale v. Billy the Kid - Nun's canonization Cause approved by US bishops

An amazing woman who habitually calmed angry mobs, opened hospitals and schools and even challenged Billy the Kid has just had her canonization Cause approved b…

Read more

02 Jun 2015 Articles Q&A Comments (2)

What do Catholic mean by "Tradition"?

Catholic Tradition often seems odd to those outside the Catholic Church. People assume it's something that we just... "made up." Sacred Tradition comes fr…

Read more

23 Mar 2015 Q&A Comments (21)

Why is God silent?

Full Question One huge impediment to my faith is that God never communicates with me. I pray daily, attend Mass often, and confess at least twice a month. …

Read more

24 Jul 2015 Articles Q&A Comments (1)

How can I know God's will for my life? What does the Bible say about knowing God's will?

Answer: It is important to know God’s will. Jesus said that His true relations are those who know and do the Father’s will: “Whoever does God’s will is my brot…

Read more

28 Jan 2016 Europe News No comments

Catholic Robert Flello MP appeals to Parliament to legally recognise Christian Genocide in the Middle East

A Catholic MP, Robert Charles Flello has put forward a Commons motion designed to appeal to the Parliament to push the UN to obtain an agreement that the word ‘…

Read more

30 Oct 2014 Articles Comments (4)

On the So-Called “Choice in Dying”

By now you’ve probably heard of the tragic story of Brittany Maynard, a 29-year-old woman who has an inoperable and terminal brain tumor. While Maynard’s age ma…

Read more

03 Nov 2016 Articles Comments (1)

The Myth that Religion Causes War

Religion and War CHALLENGE “Religion is inherently violent, producing countless wars.” DEFENSE This claim does not withstand scrutiny. War is not…

Read more

18 Jul 2015 Articles Comments (6)

Mysteries of the Eucharist (part 1)

What really happens to us when we receive Holy Communion? Why do we call the eucharistic presence “real,” and how does it make a difference in our lives? What …

Read more
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
«
»

US bishops praise continuing Civil Rights movement

Washington D.C., Sep 17, 2014 / 02:34 am .- The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was “a monumental step forward” for human dignity, but continued work is necessary to fight the “destructive influence of racism,” said the head of the U.S. bishops’ conference.

“As America celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 this year, I join together with my brother bishops in recalling the heroic history of that achievement,” Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Ky. said in a statement this month. “We honor the many civic, business, and religious leaders, students, laborers, educators and all others of good will who courageously stood up for racial justice against bigotry, violence, ignorance, and fear.”

“We remember with deep gratitude the countless personal sacrifices they made, sacrifices that all too often included hardship, violence, and even death,” he said. “We honor the victory they won after such a long and sustained civil and legislative struggle.”

The 1964 federal act, signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson, provided more federal protection for voting rights and barred discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin in government, in employment, in public services and in public accommodations.

The archbishop said the 1964 act “offered an olive branch of hope for equal treatment and opportunities for education, employment, and fuller participation in society” and “promised a better quality of life for millions of Americans who had been excluded from the privileges of citizenship based on race, color, national origin, and other grounds.”

The U.S. bishops have been encouraging commemorations of the 50th anniversary of milestones in the African-American Civil Rights Movement. Over the next year, the bishops’ conference Subcommittee on African-American Affairs will remember major milestones and release blog posts, video clips and suggestions to engage the Catholic community during the commemorations.

Archbishop Kurtz said the 1964 Civil Rights Act “championed human dignity and provided legal protections that began to transform communities around the country.”

The archbishop voiced gratitude for “the vital contributions of the faith community” in the Civil Rights Movement. He especially mentioned “the special and untiring contributions” of civil rights leader Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who was assassinated in 1968.

“Propelled by their values and beliefs, members of different faiths and denominations, including Catholics, insisted that racial justice in the United States was an imperative, no longer to be ignored,” Archbishop Kurtz continued. “Inspired by Holy Scripture, fortified by prayer and spiritual music, and sustained by a love for Christ, a number of Christians worked with and for the poor and marginalized, notably in the segregated South.”

Archbishop Kurtz said that the Catholic bishops “repeatedly spoke against racism” in statements in 1943, 1958 and 1963. Many bishops worked to desegregate Catholic schools, hospitals and other institutions, “clearly signaling by their words and actions that racial discrimination has no place in the Church or in society.”

The U.S. Catholic Bishops’ 1979 document “Pastoral Letter on Racism” declared that racism is “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.”

Archbishop Kurtz said that the Church must “continue to insist on the dignity of all persons and the very real opportunity available to each of us, to have a personal encounter with Christ and to be instruments of his healing, love, and truth.”

He said that the Gospel requires “ongoing personal and social transformation.”

“Respecting the dignity of each person is paramount as we seek to spread the beauty of God’s truth throughout our world,” he continued.

The 1964 Civil Rights Act in itself “did not eradicate the legacy of slavery, racial discrimination and injustice,” the archbishop cautioned.

“In fact, there are reminders across our nation today that the embers of racial discrimination still smolder. This evil infects institutions, laws, and systems, and it harms our brothers and sisters.”

“We must therefore continue to work against the destructive influence of racism on families, religious and civil communities, employment, the prison system, housing, hunger, educational achievement, and mental health,” Archbishop Kurtz said.










Leave a Reply

  1. most read post
  2. Most Commented
  3. Choose Categories