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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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Also available in Spanish. También disponible en español.

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5 of 5 Prompt work March 22, 2021
Reviewer: John Tischhauser from Albuquerque, NM United States  
I ordered a booklet from USCCB and it was fast & easy. and it came promptly.

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5 of 5 February 11, 2021
Reviewer: Fr. John Griesbach from Three Rivers, CA United States  
Our diocese used this pastoral statement with all our priests and deacons during our recent virtual convocation.  It is a good summary, though I wish the bishops would have repeated what they had said in an earlier pastoral that racism is an intrinsic evil and as such must always be rejected in all its manifestations.

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5 of 5 Racism in America February 8, 2021
Reviewer: Sue Miller from WEST PALM BEACH, FL United States  
Good gift for my neighbors. Thanks for it's timely release and brevity so it would not dissuade readers from picking it up.

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5 of 5 Books ordered February 5, 2021
Reviewer: Laura Fisher from Saint Louis, MO United States  
We ordered 60 books. It was easy to order and they were delivered quickly. Thank you,

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5 of 5 Open wide your hearts: the enduring call to love February 2, 2021
Reviewer: Brian Withrow from MEDICINE LODGE, KS United States  
I really appreciate your collection. I feel confident that I’m getting quality and legitimate information.

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