U.S. Bishops Establish Ad Hoc Committee on Racism

Citing recent events that “have exposed the extent to which the sin of racism continues to afflict our nation,” the USCCB has established an ad hoc committee on racism. Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, President of the USCCB, stated that the committee “will be wholly dedicated to engaging the Church and our society to work together in unity to challenge the sin of racism, to listen to persons who are suffering under this sin, and to come together in the love of Christ to know one another as brothers and sisters.”

The committee will be chaired by Bishop George V. Murray, SJ, Bishop of Youngstown, Ohio. In a pastoral letter written 40 years ago addressing racism, the bishops stated that “[r]acism is a sin: a sin that divides the human family, blots out the image of God among specific members of that family, and violates the fundamental human dignity of those called to be children of the same Father.” Learn more about the USCCB’s committee on racism here.