US Catholic Faith in Real Life

This Juneteenth, make racial reconciliation a priority

American Catholics must ask God to convert our hearts. It's time to heal.

By Patrick Saint-Jean, S.J. |
Article Justice

On June 19, 2019, Congress introduced a new bill: H.R. 40. The bill advocates for the creation of a commission to examine the possible payment of reparations to African Americans descended from enslaved persons.

The date—June 19—was intentional. On June 19, 1865, the last enslaved people gained news of their emancipation in Galveston, Texas, two years after the Emancipation Proclamation. Today, many in the Black community consider Juneteenth to be their true Independence Day.


Required reading: A Black Catholic syllabus

A reading list on the history of Black Catholics in the United States and their contributions to Catholic theology, history, and activism.

By The Editors |
Article Justice

In the days and weeks since the killing of George Floyd and the protests for racial justice in all 50 states, lists have circulated of books, articles, and other resources to better understand the history of police brutality, black activism, and the legacy of racism in the United States.


Civil writer: Daniel Rudd, founder of the National Black Catholic Congress

The founder of the National Black Catholic Congress inspires a modern-day Black Catholic to keep working for the church he envisions.

By Daryl Grigsby |
Article Justice

I have been a Christian for 35 years, first as a Baptist and now as a Roman Catholic convert. I grew up in the Baptist church and loved its preaching, gospel singing, and Bible study. My church, however, was plagued by that common and unspoken ecclesial affliction—de facto segregation. Despite the Bible's claim that our oneness in Christ supersedes race, class, and language, churches are still the most segregated institutions in the United States, not by law but by choice.