"There is no question that our nation's original sin of racism continues to destroy and harm the lives of persons of color and that racism extends through so many systems of our society ... educational, economic, religious, housing, criminal justice, voting and employment," Archbishop Kurtz said.
Auxiliary Bishop Mario Dorsonville, chair of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Migration: “We are reminded that regardless of our background, we are all built in the image of God and should be treated as such.”
The social unrest and divisions in general Hong Kong society have carried over to the Catholic community, said Cardinal John Tong Hon, who encouraged Catholics instead to follow what Jesus taught in the beatitudes.
The pastoral, which is in English and Spanish, is titled "Transformed by Hope, Let Us Rebuild Our Tomorrow!" and addressed to all the people of the Archdiocese of San Antonio.
Archbishop Cordileone: "We cannot simply standby while our people are treated with this lack of compassion for their needs, and this lack of respect for their rights."
A new law requires priests in the state of Queensland to break the seal of confession to report child sex abuse to police or face three years in jail.
Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio: "Catholics in the Navy and everywhere in this country rejoice in the decision by the U.S. Navy to reconsider closing the thriving Catholic programs at naval stations in California."
Archishop Paul S. Coakley, chairman of the USCCB's Committee on Domestic Justice and Development, is urging the Congress and the White House to come to an agreement on a COVID relief program.
Catholic leaders in Minsk protested after law enforcement agencies blocked the entry of Sts. Simon and Helena Church and later arrested protesters who had fled inside to avoid police.