- May 13, 2021
Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta, Georgia, who was the first African-American president of the US bishops’ conference, has been appointed as chair of a new task force of the U.S. bishops to deal with racial issues brought into public consciousness following a series of summertime shootings that left both citizens and police officers among those dead.
A veteran and widely respected Catholic journalist is set to take over at the Catholic News Service, the official media agency of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, bringing decades of experience both in Rome and in the States to the job.
With new urgency surrounding the issue in light of the tensions that erupted in the Dallas shootings, theologians and pastoral leaders are calling on the U.S. bishops to lift up racism as an “intrinsic evil” tantamount to abortion and gay marriage.
American Kim Daniels, a former spokesperson for the president of the U.S. bishops’ conference as well as the founder of Catholic Voices USA, has been named a member of the Vatican’s new Secretariat for Communications, overseeing management and reform of the operation.
“When a federal agency takes such unilateral action in an attempt to change the meaning of established law, it leaves state and local authorities with no other option than to pursue legal clarity in federal court,” said Nebraska’s Attorney General.
In the aftermath of an ambush that left five police officers dead in Dallas, Archbishop Blase J. Cupich of Chicago said, “Every corner of our land is in the grip of terror … It is time to break the cycle of violence and retaliation, of fear and powerlessness, that puts more guns in our homes and on our streets.”
Citing his college term papers, Bishop David Zubik of Pittsburgh said on July 4 that footnotes strengthen an argument and help drive home a point, calling on Catholics to be “footnotes” for the truth of Christ, including the importance of religious freedom.
Hundreds of Catholics crowded into a Minnesota cathedral in late June to venerate relics of St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher, two English saints martyred for their faith, and whose relics were on an American tour as part of the U.S. bishops’ annual “Fortnight for Freedom” campaign.