Civil Rights

A woman in Minneapolis expresses her anger and frustration on May 28, at the site where George Floyd was pinned down on May 25 by a police officer; he was later pronounced dead at a local hospital. (CNS photo/Dave Hrbacek, The Catholic Spirit)
"Indifference is not an option," said the chairmen of seven committees of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. They stated "unequivocally" that "racism is a life issue."
Protesters walk past a line of police in downtown Columbus, Ohio, on Thursday during a demonstration over the death of George Floyd in police custody Monday in Minneapolis. (Barbara J. Perenic/The Columbus Dispatch via AP)
Olga Segura May 29, 2020
Black and brown Americans continue to speak out against police misconduct and pervasive racism across the United States, writes Olga Segura. The church has an opportunity to show that it is listening.
Bernard G. Prusak May 28, 2020
The ethical problem with talking about ‘expected life years’
In this March 26, 2020, photo, Serbian army soldiers patrol Belgrade’s main pedestrian street as part of the government’s efforts to contain the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
Bill McCormick, S.J. April 27, 2020
Central governments must be able to respond to crises, writes Bill McCormick, S.J., but President Trump’s claim of “total” authority is a reminder that democracies must also be able to maintain limits on power.
Members of the Archdiocese of Sydney’s Anti-Slavery Taskforce: John McCarthy (chair), Alison Rahill (executive officer), Archbishop Anthony Fisher, O.P., and Jenny Stanger (executive manager). (Photo courtesy of the Archdiocese of Sydney)
John McCarthy, Q.C. October 24, 2019
About 40 million people are now trapped by forced labor and human trafficking. John McCarthy explains how the church in Australia is “slavery-proofing” its procurement practices and supply chains.
Some religious groups and religious liberty groups have applauded the commission including the Center for Family and Human Rights, a Catholic think tank.