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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.

Also, check out these parish resources and educational resources for use with Open Wide Our Hearts!

Also available in Spanish. También disponible en español.

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5 of 5 Open Wide Our Hearts October 14, 2020
Reviewer: William Hoppe from Jackson Heights, NY United States  
The item I ordered arrived quickly and in good condition. I have not finished reading the pastoral letter, but I presume this is a review of the ordering-purchasing experience. I was pleased.

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5 of 5 September 7, 2020
Reviewer: Alejandro Siller-Gonzalez from San Antonio, TX United States  
Easy to read and understand. Message is clear and addresses all the Church community involved including the leadership of the church.

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5 of 5 July 21, 2020
Reviewer: Robin Hayr from San Jose, CA United States  


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5 of 5 June 29, 2020
Reviewer: Terrence Watanabe from Kihei, HI United States  
Thank you for sending these booklets to me.  I shared them with every member of our staff.  I am so glad that the USCCB has a definitive statement on this issue.

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