Race Relations

Stories about race relations in St. Louis and the United States

Listening is key to bishops’ committee against racism, says new chair

WASHINGTON — Bishop Shelton J. Fabre of Houma-Thibodaux, La., the newly appointed chair of the Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said he looks forward to serving the bishops in this role as Catholic Church leaders continue to respond to the "sin" of racism.

The bishop was appointed to the position by Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, USCCB president, following the resignation of Bishop George V. Murry of Youngstown, Ohio, from this role after his recent diagnosis with a form of acute leukemia.

50 years after Rev. King’s assassination U.S. is still seeking the mountaintop

Holy Cross Father Theodore Hesburgh, then president of the University of Notre Dame, second from left, joined hands with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., the Rev. Edgar Chandler and Msgr. Robert J. Hagarty of Chicago, far right, in this 1964 file photo. Fifty years after Rev. King’s assassination, advocates say there is still work to do in dismantling racism.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — On April 3, 1968, the night before he was murdered, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous "Mountaintop" speech at the Mason Temple, the Church of God in Christ in Memphis, Tenn.

"I just want to do God's will," he told the enthusiastic crowd packed inside the church sanctuary. "And He's allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I've looked over, and I've seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land."

Editorial | Open up to conversations about racism

The deep divide. The Delmar divide. These are terms that are used in the discussion of race relations in St. Louis.

There's also a message of hope. That hope is rooted in actions such as in our parishes the weekend of Feb. 17 and 18 when clergy addressed racism. Archbishop Robert J. Carlson made the request of the priests and deacons, pointing out that all people should be treated with dignity and respect.

Preaching against Racism


Archbishop Robert J. Carlson invited clergy to preach about racism during Masses the first Sunday in Lent.

His request was "in response to the many challenges we have had since Ferguson (following a police shooting), and again this past summer and fall in the St. Louis area" following clashes between pacifists, protesters and white supremacists in Charlottesville,Va., and the not-guilty verdict in the trial of a former St. Louis police officer charged with first-degree murder in a shooting death in 2011.

Chúc mừng năm mới (Happy New Year!)


Van Ngo doesn't have many stories to share from Lunar New Year celebrations growing up in Vietnam. Her family was poor, and her father died when she was young. When her mother remarried, she helped care for her siblings.

For her, the Lunar New Year — a national holiday and major celebration in Vietnam and other Asian countries — wasn't celebrated with much fanfare.

That was many moons ago, but now the Vietnamese New Year evokes a feeling of happiness for Van, because of her sense of freedom living in the United States for several decades.

EDITORIAL | Our commitment to a culture of life is rooted in love

Love saves lives.

That's the theme of this year's March for Life, which commemorates the 1973 Roe vs. Wade decision to legalize abortion. Forty-five years later, more than 59 million babies have been killed through abortion, according to statistics from National Right to Life.

But the commitment to stopping this travesty isn't just about attending the March for Life in Washington, D.C., every year. It's a commitment — rooted in love — that requires our efforts every day of the year.

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