Racial Justice and the Catholic Church

by Bryan N. Massingale. Orbis Books, 2010.

This informative book analyzes the Roman Catholic Church's response to racism in America, looking at historical documents and statements before suggesting moves that would provide a "more adequate" response.


history of Roman Catholic teachings on racism, the African American perspective of justice and hope, two traditions that African American Roman Catholics inhabit

Best For

Roman Catholic clergy and lay leaders


purchase as a book or e-book

Suggested Uses

  • Examine the Roman Catholic Church's response to racism by reviewing teachings, statements, and documents from the 20th century, all found in part one of this book.
  • Determine how your congregation should approach teaching on race after consulting this book.

About the Contributor

Janet Hoover

Janet Hoover is a certified spiritual director in private practice and an American Baptist pastor. She graduated from the University of Indianapolis and earned her MDiv and DMin from Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis. 

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