Black Catholics

Charles Williams February 07, 2020
I still feel the pain of what occurred more than 50 years ago, but the church—our church—has asked for forgiveness. I will give it another chance.
Father George Clements, retired pastor of Holy Angels Church in Chicago, died Nov. 25, 2019, at age 87. Father Clements was active in the civil rights movement and marched with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in Chicago, Alabama and Mississippi. He also was a well-known advocate of adoption and adopted four sons. (CNS photo/Archdiocese of Chicago)
Catholic News Service December 01, 2019
Father Clements, who was just the second African American priest ordained in the Archdiocese of Chicago, was long involved in social justice issues affecting his hometown. But it was the adoption of four boys—one at a time, starting in 1980—that led to his high profile on a national level. The
Ryan Di Corpo November 26, 2019
At a public memorial service in the cathedral, the site of the funerals of James Baldwin and Duke Ellington, several friends of Ms. Morrison provided their recollections of her talent, warmth and sense of humor.
Olga Segura November 21, 2019
I reached out by email to every diocese in the country and asked: Has your diocese started any new initiatives based on the 2018 pastoral letter on racism published by the U.S.C.C.B?
Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas and Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., at a ceremony to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the first recorded arrival of enslaved African people in America, on Sept. 10 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Olga Segura September 27, 2019
The U.S. Catholic Church still has work to do toward racial reconciliation, writes America associate editor Olga Segura, and this summer’s 1619 Project in The New York Times provides a template worth considering.
A woman prays during a healing Mass on Nov. 12, 2016, at St. Martha Church in Uniondale, N.Y. The liturgy was celebrated in observance of National Black Catholic History Month. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz)
Tia Noelle Pratt September 18, 2019
Systemic racism still haunts the U.S. Catholic Church, writes Tia Noelle Pratt. The church must strive to become a place for diverse peoples to come together.