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ACP Stands in Solidarity with Those Seeking to Eliminate Racism from our Society

Posted By: Therese Brown ACP Member News ,

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BALTIMORE, MD—We, the members of the Association of Catholic Publishers, are horrified by the recent violence following the death of George Floyd, and the pain of those seeking justice and racial equality in our cities.

We echo the words of Archbishop José Gomez, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, in his recent press release. “We should not let it be said that George Floyd died for no reason. We should honor the sacrifice of his life by removing racism and hate from our hearts and renewing our commitment to fulfill our nation’s sacred promise — to be a beloved community of life, liberty, and equality for all.”

As Catholics, we stand in unflinching solidarity with those who are crying out for crucial changes that would eliminate chronic and systemic racism from our society. Based on the precepts of Catholic social teaching, we believe and proclaim that:

  • All human life is sacred. Racism is an affront to this core Christian belief.
  • Protesting peacefully is one of the means for defending the common dignity that we share regardless of race.
  • We have an inherent right and urgent responsibility to defend those among us through many means, including protest.
  • We are one human family. We must resolutely stand together when the human family is threatened, but we stand as peacemakers who seek change.

As publishers and as Catholics, we are committed to the power of the Word, so we direct your attention for further and deeper reflection to the U.S. Catholic Bishops’ recent pastoral letter on racism, Open Wide Our Hearts, and the children’s book, Everyone Belongs, by the U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, a practical story of racism and its impact on the human family and community.

The Association of Catholic Publishers (ACP) is a membership organization of Catholic publishers, those who provide services to Catholic publishers, and individuals who work with Catholic publishers. The ACP provides opportunities for members to further the Catholic publishing industry, promote Catholic publishing and reading, and engage those they interact with, including retailers, pastoral leaders, individual customers, and staff.