We are facing a national crisis in the United States. As a Catholic Bishop striving to live by and teach the good news of justice and peace proclaimed by Jesus of Nazareth, I am compelled to name this truth. It is, in some way, a crisis of gun violence.
As you know, I am in Baltimore for the autumn meeting of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. On Sunday, I participated in the meeting of the Committee for the Protection of Children and Young People during which we discussed a number of issues critical to the current crisis. The Bishops spent yesterday primarily in prayer and listening to lay women and men expressing their concerns for those who have been abused by members of the clergy and their dissatisfaction with the way some Bishops have responded to this abuse.
In the prologue of his Dean’s Lecture on Race, Law and Society, “The Catholic Church and the Racial Divide in the United States,” Bishop Edward K. Braxton asked Notre Dame law school students a thought provoking question: “What if?”
Bishop Braxton’s Greeting to Young People at Celebration of Life March in Washington DC
Bishop Edward K. Braxton was the guest on EWTN’s The World Over,” hosted by Raymond Arroyo on Nov. 9 where he discussed his recent address “The Horizon of Possibilities, The Catholic Church and the Racial Divide in the United States: Old Wounds Reopened” at Catholic University.