"Through Jesus' example of love and mercy, we are called to be a better people than what we have witnessed over the past weeks and months as a nation."
~Bishop Murry, SJ
Jesuit to Chair New USCCB Committee Against Racism
August 23, 2017 — The United
States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) today announced the establishment of an
Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism. Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of
Galveston-Houston, president of the USCCB, appointed Bishop George V. Murry,
SJ, of Youngstown, Ohio, chairman of the committee.
The committee will focus on addressing the
sin of racism in both society and the Catholic Church and the urgent need to
come together to find solutions.
"Recent events have exposed the extent
to which the sin of racism continues to inflict our nation. The establishment of
this new ad hoc committee will be wholly dedicated to engaging the church and
our society to work together in unity to challenge the sin of racism, to listen
to persons who are suffering under this sin and to come together in the love
of Christ to know one another as brothers and sisters," said Cardinal
Bishop Murry said he looks forward to working
with his fellow bishops as well as communities across the U.S. “to listen to the needs
of individuals who have suffered under the sin of racism and together find
solutions to this epidemic of hate that has plagued our nation for far too
"Through Jesus' example of love and
mercy, we are called to be a better people than what we have witnessed over the
past weeks and months as a nation. Through listening, prayer and meaningful
collaboration, I'm hopeful we can find lasting solutions and common ground
where racism will no longer find a place in our hearts or in our society."
membership of the committee will be finalized in the coming days and its
mandate will be confirmed at the first meeting, expected very shortly.
Almost 40 years ago, U.S. bishops wrote a pastoral letter on racism. Among the many things they
discussed was the fact that "racism is a sin: 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." [Source: USCCB]
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