U.S. Catholic bishops condemn racism and police misconduct…

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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

By Lilly Fowler

The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops kicked off on Wednesday a gathering in St. Louis of approximately 250 of the nation’s bishops by referring to Ferguson.
“We mourn those tragic events in which African-Americans and others have lost their lives in altercations with law enforcement,” said a statement prepared by Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., which 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.” ….

Francesco Cesareo of the National Review Board, a committee established in 2002 to help prevent the sexual abuse of minors in the church, warned against complacency. Cesareo noted that although the church had made much progress, six allegations of sexual abuse in 2014 had been substantiated.

Bishops at the conference also announced a new, free Catholic mobile app that will offer news about Pope Francis, Mass schedules and parish locations, among other features. The app is expected to launch in July.

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