Black Catholics

"Like Peter Claver, are we not called to see Christ in every face and to hear him in every voice," he said, "no matter what race or ethnic backgrounds those faces and voices may represent?"
Leo J. O’Donovan, S.J. September 01, 2020
A former president of Georgetown remembers the legendary coach John Thompson Jr.
Kevin Spinale August 14, 2020
Kevin Spinale, S.J., offers his initial thoughts on John Howard Griffin's ‘Black Like Me,’ the latest selection of the Catholic Book Club.
Third graders at St. John Berchmans School in Chicago walk outside of the building, in this 2013 file photo. Catholic schools, especially those serving urban areas, have been disproportionately impacted in the ongoing fallout of the coronavirus pandemic, three U.S. bishops told the Congressional Black Caucus leaders July 31, 2020. (CNS photo/Karen Callaway, Catholic New World)
Catholic News Service August 03, 2020
"Catholic schools are facing a crisis at this very moment," the three bishops said. "Over 130 schools have already announced permanent closure. These closures are disproportionately harmful to low-income and Black children."
Amid the national tumult over racial injustice, there are high-level calls for the schools to teach more about the church’s past links to slavery and segregation, and how Black Catholics persevered nonetheless.
James M. Chesbro July 21, 2020
72 percent of students and 87 percent of teachers in Catholic schools are white. They need to be reading and teaching more Black literature.