Catholic Social Teaching: Discrimination & Racism

USCCB Statements on Discrimination & Racism

Strangers No Longer: Together on the Journey of Hope, 2003

Welcome and Justice for Persons with Disabilities, 1999

Pastoral Statement of U.S. Catholic Bishops on Persons with Disabilities, 1984

Brothers and Sisters to Us: Pastoral Letter on Racism in Our Day, 1979

Popes & Vatican on Discrimination & Racism

Pontifical Council for Justice & Peace, "Discrimination," Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church (2005), #148, 295, 298, 423, 536, 557

Pontifical Commission on Justice and Peace, "Contribution to World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolearance," (Durban, 31 August - 7 September 2001)

Pontifical Commission on Justice and Peace," The Church and Racism," 1988.

Catechism of the Catholic Church, #1935. 2433.

Other Resources

Notable quotations from Catholic social teaching on the theme of Racism

Diana L. Hayes and Cyprian Davis, editors, Taking Down Our Harps: Black Catholics in the United States, (Orbis Books, 1998)

Theological Studies, 61 (2000) on "Black Catholic Theology"


Sunday, May 28, 2017

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First Inaugural Address, President Barack Obama


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