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Catholicism and Racism topic of lecture at Creighton University

Markoe DePorres 2019Catholicism and Racism is the topic of Creighton University’s annual Markoe-DePorres Social Justice Lecture Tuesday, Sept. 24 from 7-9 p.m. in the Hixson-Lied Auditorium in the Harper Center on the Creighton campus. The event is free and open to the public.

The lecture will discuss the U.S. Catholic bishops’ 2018 document, “Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love – A Pastoral Letter Against Racism.”

Presenters are The Most Rev. Shelton J. Fabre, Bishop of Houma-Thibodaux, and chair of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ ad-hoc Committee Against Racism, and Maria Theresa (MT) Dávila, PhD, lecturer of Theology and Religious studies at Merrimack College and past president of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States.

“Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love – A Pastoral Letter Against Racism” was published by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) in November 2018. The document extends the U.S. Catholic bishops’ decades-long attention to racial justice and its composition was sparked by the controversy and vehicular homicide at the so-called “Unite the Right” white nationalist 2017 rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Bishop Fabre helped coordinate publication of the document as chair of the USCCB ad-hoc Committee Against Racism and Dr. Dávila has written extensively on race from a Catholic perspective.

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