U.S. Catholic bishops condemn racism and police misconduct at St. Louis meeting

by Lilly Fowler | St. Louis Today  |  published on June 10, 2015

The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops kicked off a gathering in St. Louis of approximately 250 bishops from across the country by referring to Ferguson.

“We mourn those tragic events in which African Americans and others have lost their lives in altercations with law enforcement,” Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., said in a statement that was read by Bishop Ronny Jenkins, general secretary of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. “Racism is an evil which endures in our society and in our church.”

The statement also said that efforts “must address root causes of these conflicts. A violent, sorrowful history of racial injustice, accompanied by a lack of educational, employment and housing opportunities.”

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