June 30, 2020
The killings of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and so many people of color by law enforcement violate a most fundamental teaching of our faith: the sacredness of human life and the inviolable dignity of the human person.
Our hearts break and we lament the historic and current realities of racism in our country, which continue to threaten the lives of our brothers and sisters of color and diminish the flourishing that God intends for all his children. We pray for the repose of the soul of those lost to racism and police brutality, and for the consolation of their families and loved ones.
As Pope Francis has said, in order to defend the sacredness of human life ‘we cannot tolerate or turn a blind eye to racism and exclusion in any form.’ To act and speak strongly against exclusion, we have embarked on an intentional discernment and listening process to identify action steps that we can contribute as a community of Catholic and Catholic-inspired funders to end racism.
Four key areas studied, eight characteristics identified
Washington, DC (June 2, 2020) -- Catholic parishes that are welcoming and missionary create real vitality in the life of the parish says a major new study titled, “Open Wide the Doors to Christ: A Study of Catholic Social Innovation for Parish Vitality.” The research was commissioned by FADICA, a unique peer network of philanthropists supporting Catholic activities, and conducted by Marti R. Jewell, D.Min. and Mark Mogilka, MSW, MA
The Catholic Community Foundation of Minnesota (CCF) hosted Tomás Insua, founder of the Global Catholic Climate Movement, whose mission is to “bring Laudato Si’ to life.” Anne Cullen Miller, president of CCF, told The Catholic Spirit that the foundation plans to highlight climate change in upcoming programs.
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops elected Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez as their new president during their fall gathering. From America magazine: “Archbishop Gomez, a priest of Opus Dei, is described by those who know him as someone who cares for victims of clergy sexual abuse, an advocate for the L.A.’s homeless population and a proponent of Laudato Si’,’ Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment. Archbishop Gomez was described in 2017...as the ‘protégé’ of Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia.”