Catholic Conference of Ohio
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Issues - Catholic Conference of Ohio


"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. Racism is the sin that says some human beings are inherently superior and others essentially inferior because of races. It is the sin that makes racial characteristics the determining factor for the exercise of human rights. It mocks the words of Jesus: "Treat others the way you would have them treat you." (4) Indeed, racism is more than a disregard for the words of Jesus; it is a denial of the truth of the dignity of each human being revealed by the mystery of the Incarnation...."

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


The U.S. bishops approved a statement on race relations delivered by Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), at their annual Spring General Assembly, June 10, 2015

Bishop Braxton, Bishop of Belleville, Illinois, Pastoral Letter on the Racial Divide in the United States 2015

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


Church Calls for Prayers, Reflection, Civility and Dialogue

USCCB President calls us to "Gather at the Cross" in the wake of the assassination of Dallas police officers

The assassination of Dallas police officers last night was an act of unjustifiable evil. To all people of good will, let us beg for the strength to resist the hatred that blinds us to our common humanity. To my brothers and sisters in Christ, let us gather at the Cross of Jesus. Our Savior suffered at the hands of humanity's worst impulses, but He did not lose hope in us or in His heavenly father. Love overcomes evil. [More]

Intercessary Prayer
Most Reverend Dennis M. Schnurr, Archbishop of Cincinnati

 "For an end to hatred and division; for those killed by violence in recent events in our country; for the wisdom and desire to seek ways of love and respect for one another; for law enforcement officers who seek to maintain safety on our streets; and for a true commitment to overcome division in America.  We pray to the Lord."

U.S. Bishops: Promote Peace & Goodwill throughout the World

Violence and hate in the world around us must be met with resolve and courage