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  • A Statement by Bishop Malooly: Racism is a sin that defiles the image of God

    By Most Rev. W. Francis Malooly

    I stand with many U.S. bishops in condemning the evils of racism, white supremacy and neo-Nazism that were evident during two days of demonstrations in Charlottesville, Va., Aug. 11 and 12. Our prayers go out to the families of those who lost their lives during the protests and to those who were injured.

    The U.S. bishops wrote in their 1979 pastoral statement, “Brothers and Sisters to Us,” that “racism is a sin.” That simple statement was as self-evident then as it is now, but racism — which Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia recently called America’s “original sin,” evidenced in our tragic history of legal slavery — is a sin that persists.­­­

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  • Catholic Appeal pledges top 2017 goal by 11.8 percent

    Current pledges amount to more than $5,058,081, which is more than half-a-million above the target

    Pledges to the Annual Catholic Appeal have already surpassed its 2017 goal by more than half a million dollars.

    The Diocesan Development Office reports more than $5,058,081 has been pledged, which exceeds the $4,523,000 target for 2017 by 11.8 percent, just 14 weeks after Commitment Weekend.

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