Americans must “recommit to the fight against racism through love and faith,” said Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, the head of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), in the days leading up to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. “In recent years, including last summer in Charlottesville, we have glimpsed an appalling truth that lurks beneath the surface of our culture. Even with all the progress our country has made on the issue, racism remains a living reality,” said Cardinal DiNardo in this Jan 10 statement.
In today’s world, DiNardo said, “breaking the chain of hate” requires not only courage, but also commitment. In addition to Dr. King’s witness, the Cardinal pointed to the example of Sr. Mary Antona Ebo, a Franciscan sister who was the first African American nun to march with Dr. King during the famous Selma to Montgomery march in 1965. Sr. Ebo, who lived in St. Louis, died last year at the age of 93.