In November 2018, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops approved a new pastoral letter against racism, Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love. In the letter, the bishops invite all people of faith to conversion. We are called to open our minds and hearts to Christ’s love for all people and to the experiences of those who have been harmed by the evil of racism.
In response to "Open Wide Our Hearts", the diocesan Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism was formed in April 2019.
Catholic Leaders Respond to Racism and George Floyd's Death
Diocese of Sacramento
- Bishop Soto Calls for Prayer in Wake of George Floyd Death and Civil Unrest
- The Sacramento Bishop's Corner - Addressing the Sin of Racism
- June 9 (Day of George Floyd's funeral)
- *NEW* Video: California bishops hold a “virtual” Stations of the Cross to draw attention to the sin of racism
- To download Intercessory Prayers, click here
USCCB (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops)
- Statement of U.S. Bishops’ President on George Floyd and the Protests in American Cities
- Statement of U.S. Bishop Chairmen in Wake of Death of George Floyd and National Protests
Diocesan Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism
The Diocesan Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism explores and implements concrete solutions to address the racism that still pervades our society and our Church today, and works in collaborative ways to strengthen the response of all people to this evil.
For more information about the Anti Racism Task Group, click here.
The Diocesan Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism will be host a series of Racial Dialogue Leadership Training in the Fall of 2020 (TBD)
JustFaith Ministries has produced an eight week prayer group titled, Faith & Racial Equity
For additional resources, visit www.usccb.org/racism