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Thanks be to God, Bishop Budde of the Washington, DC Diocese denounced the president's actions and use of St. John's. Here are part of her words, and encourage you to read the entire Washington Post article linked below:
"'I am outraged,' Budde said in a telephone interview a short time later, pausing between words to emphasize her anger as her voice slightly trembled. [...] 'I am the bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington and was not given even a courtesy call, that they would be clearing [the area] with tear gas so they could use one of our churches as a prop,' Budde said. [...]
"'We so dissociate ourselves from the messages of this president,' she said. 'We hold the teachings of our sacred texts to be so, so grounding to our lives and everything we do, and it is about love of neighbor and sacrificial love and justice.'"
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Racial Justice and the Catholic Church
A leading black Catholic moral theologian addresses the thorny issue of racial justice past and present. Fr. Bryan Massingale writes from an abiding conviction that the Catholic faith and the black experience make essential contributions in the continuing struggle against racial injustice that is the work of all people.
Choosing Peace The Catholic Church Returns to Gospel Nonviolence
Writings drawn from the historic conference hosted at the Vatican in 2016, which gathered 80 peacemakers from around the world.
View these and other resources at https://pastoral.center/racial-justice
Connecting During the COVID-19 Crisis
Since many in the Dignity community are in groups considered high risk if they contract the corona COVID-19 virus, the Board and staff are urging everyone to follow public health and other official directives for your area. Please reach out to friends and community members, especially those who may be isolated. A phone call from you may really brighten someone’s day!
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On EarthBeat, a story about how forest destruction that accelerates climate change can also encourage the emergence of diseases. Indigenous leaders are criticizing companies for replacing forests with soy, palm and cattle plantations. Read more.