- Jul 8, 2020
This Martin Luther King Jr. Day will be the first without Sister Mary Antona Ebo, the only black Catholic nun who marched with the civil rights leader in Selma, Alabama, in 1965.
The federal holiday honoring the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. is “an important time to recommit ourselves to the Gospel message he preached,” said Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, who is president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Elsewhere, Cardinal Bernard Law’s record on the Church’s child sexual abuse scandals may be all people know, but in Mississippi he’s also remembered as an early and ardent champion of the civil rights movement.
Cardinal Sean Patrick O’Malley on Wednesday expressed understanding for all those who see the death of Cardinal Bernard Law through the lens of the clerical sexual abuse scandals, but also insisted that Law’s life was richer than that.
Cardinal Bernard Law, who became the public symbol of the Church’s clerical sexual abuse scandals during his tenure in Boston, died on Dec. 20 at the age of 86.
Alveda King, in Rome to meet the pope, says this is an historic moment in the U.S. in the fight against abortion.