PRESS RELEASE: Catholic Organizations Stand in Solidarity with our Minority Brothers and Sisters

Catholic Organizations Stand in Solidarity with our Minority Brothers and Sisters

Now more than ever people of faith must stand for racial justice

Contact: Janine Walsh
FAN Communications Coordinator

November 15, 2016

Washington, D.C.-Today 13 Catholic organizations released a statement calling for racial justice. "We Stand for Racial Justice in the U.S." calls on Catholics to take action. Specifically the statement invites Catholics to the following:

"We invite our communities to seriously reflect on making a commitment to 1) participate in racial solidarity training; 2) create spaces for truth and reconciliation in our homes, organizations, and parishes; 3) engage in training in nonviolent conflict transformation; 4) promote programs of unarmed civilian peacekeepers in our communities; and 5) require substantive ongoing de-escalation training for police officers."

In this post-election season where we are seeing increased instances of de-humanizing "the other" by words and actions, we draw on our Catholic tradition of lifting up the equal human dignity of all people, including those we significantly disagree with.  It's even more important for people of faith to stand in solidarity with those who are more vulnerable in these times, such as our black and brown brothers and sisters.

The list of organizations that signed on include:
Adorers of the Blood of Christ, U.S. Region
Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good
Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach
Conference of Major Superiors of Men
Faith in Public Life, Catholic Program
Franciscan Action Network
Leadership Conference of Women Religious
Missionaries of the Precious Blood Kansas City Province
National Advocacy Center of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd
Pax Christi International
Pax Christi USA
Provincial Council Clerics of St. Viator
Sisters of Mercy of the Americas' Extended Justice Team

The full statement can be found here:


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