Catholic Social Action
100 East 8th Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Phone: (513) 421-3131 ext. 2660
Fax: (513) 421-1582
Pam Long – Regional Director
Catholic Social Action
1436 Needmore Road
Dayton, OH 45414
Phone: (937) 224-3026
Fax: (937) 341-5036
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Racism is an evil which endures in our society and in our Church. Despite apparent advances and even significant changes in the last two decades, the reality of racism remains. In large part it is only external appearances which have changed… [T]he timing is ripe for a more forceful response of the Church to examine our own institutions, policies and structures and rid them of any racist attitudes or behaviors.
U.S Catholic Bishops, Brothers and Sisters to Us: Pastoral Letter on Race, 1979
Celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the 13th Amendment: Host a Discussion Group on “Slavery by Another Name.”
The Archdiocese is partnering with the Cincinnati Juneteenth Committee to encourage parishes, schools, and any Catholic institution to organize small discussion groups to reflect upon the 150th anniversary of the end of slavery in the United States. Groups all over the Archdiocese can gather anytime between now and early May to participate. The process includes watching the powerful PBS documentary, Slavery by Another Name. Discussion guides can be provided, including a supplement with Catholic teaching, prepared by the Archdiocesan Anti-Racism Task Force. For more information, please contact the Catholic Social Action Office.
Archdiocesan Anti-Racism Task Force
For several years, the Archdiocesan Catholic Social Action Commission’s Racism Task Force has worked to find ways to help the membership of the Commission and Catholics throughout the Archdiocese wrestle with the difficult yet still present issue of racism in our selves, churches, and communities.
The task force and office played a major role in envisioning and organizing the Archdiocese’s successful forum, “All Are Welcome? Race in the Church Today,” organized by the Office of African-American Catholic Ministries (OAACM) on January 28 and 29, 2011.
Please visit the Office of African-American Catholic Ministries to view materials from this event, including pastoral statements and articles on racism and poverty, photos from the Forum, and more.
OAACM, Racism Task Force, and other participants are now working together to develop follow up materials to keep this important conversation moving forward in the Archdiocese, always with the hope to foster a church and world that truly reflect the one body of Christ animated by love of all. Please check back for more information as materials and future events are developed. If you are interested in learning more, please contact us today!