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Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love
Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love


 
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In Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love, the Catholic bishops of the United States invite the reader to recognize the ways in which the evil of racism profoundly impacts the lives of many people in the United States. The pastoral letter reflects on the dignity of every human person and establishes the Church’s moral imperative to combat racism as a life issue.

The text draws lessons from current and historical experiences of several groups—including African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, and Native Americans—while acknowledging that many ethnic groups and nationalities have been and are still affected by different forms of racial discrimination and hatred.

In the pastoral letter, the US Catholic bishops acknowledge the history of racial crimes in the United States and ask forgiveness for the participation of leaders and members the Catholic Church in this sin and in enabling or perpetuating structures of injustice. The bishops call on fellow clergy and Catholics to help change racist attitudes and acts to conform to the moral order established by God, in which men and women of all races are honored as brothers and sisters. The bishops implore Catholics to work against racism and to support institutional policies and community relationships that will eliminate racial injustices and prejudices. Finally, they encourage collaboration with fellow Christians and members of other faiths to root out this societal evil.

This pastoral letter against racism is a call to action for priests, deacons, religious men and women, parish staff, theologians, educators and catechists, all the Catholic faithful. It asks the Body of Christ to give an ever more authentic witness to the Good News of Jesus Christ, grounded in the truth that men and women of all races reflect the goodness of God, in whose image all are made.

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5 of 5 November 11, 2019
Reviewer: Margaret Meyer from Fort Worth, TX United States  


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5 of 5 October 4, 2019
Reviewer: Anonymous Person  
We are centering sub-committee meetings, (Catholic High School Board), on the USCCB pastoral letter against racism to stimulate thought and help steer discussion. We aim to better understand racism and what we are called to do as Catholic leaders and educators to change hearts about racism.

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5 of 5 July 3, 2019
Reviewer: Fr. Anthony Grossi, OSB from Latrobe, PA United States  


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5 of 5 Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love July 1, 2019
Reviewer: Delores Bukowski from Reynoldsburg, OH United States  
I am taking a course from the University of Dayton on Mental Illness.  I was able to use a couple of quotes from this excellent book. Thanks

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5 of 5 June 26, 2019
Reviewer: Sister Mary Sue Carwile from Falls Church, VA United States  


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