Made in the Image of God
MADE IN THE IMAGE AND LIKENESS OF GOD
Bishop Moore's administration unequivocally condemns racism. We are committed to the values of human dignity and racial justice. In the words of Pope Francis “We cannot tolerate or turn a blind eye to racism and exclusion in any form and yet claim to defend the sacredness of every human life.” As Christians, Jesus calls us to love our neighbors as ourselves, and all individuals not just those who look like us. Catholic Social Teaching compels us to treat one another with respect and dignity because we are all equally a part of this world that God created.
The administration is committed to developing and implementing a plan to grow in awareness and improve inclusiveness on our campus. As Principal of Bishop Moore Catholic High School, along with Mr. Doyle and the entire administrative team, we will ensure that we facilitate opportunities in which our faculty, staff, and students become more educated about racism, its history and occurrence throughout our society.
As members of the Church, we must stand for the more difficult right and just actions instead of the easy wrongs of indifference. We cannot turn a blind eye to these atrocities and yet still try to profess to respect every human life. We serve a God of love, mercy, and justice. (USCCB, May 29, 2020)
Father Mike Schmitz and Father Josh Johnson
Father Mike Schmitz of the Diocese of Deluth in Minnesota and Father Josh Johnson from the Diocese of Baton Rouge sit down and have an open discussion on Race and Reconciliation. Click here to watch this discussion as to how we can restore unity in the Body of Christ.
Podcast with Bishop Noonan: Where are our Hearts at this Time?
“Where are our hearts at this time? What are we filling our hearts with? Are we filling our hearts with peace, hope, mercy, forgiveness? Or are we just filling it with the evil of the world?” – Bishop John Noonan.
Bishop John Noonan is joined by Father Anthony Aarons, Missionary of Mercy, and Gary Tester, President of Catholic Charities of Central Florida to discuss the unrest that is taking place in our world today.
USCCB: COMBATTING RACISM
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has devoted a page on their website that is full of resources that will guide Catholics to understand more fully the teachings of the church on racism. Link to USCCB Combatting Racism page.
ORLANDO DIOCESAN WEBPAGE: OVERCOMING RACISM
Overcoming Racism, the Orlando Diocesan webpage. The Diocese of Orlando offers many resources on overcoming racism including Bishop Noonan's most recent podcast. “Where are our hearts at this time? What are we filling our hearts with? Are we filling our hearts with peace, hope, mercy, forgiveness? Or are we just filling it with the evil of the world?” – Bishop John Noonan.
OPEN WIDE OUR HEARTS: THE ENDURING CALL TO LOVE
Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love, a pastoral letter against racism released by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) in 2018, states, “Almost every day, news headlines demonstrate that our country’s “original sin” of racism continues to impact the lives of many Americans, many of them Catholic—particularly those who belong to the African American, Hispanic/Latino, or Native American communities. There are signs that racism’s legacies remain prevalent in many systemic inequalities that have deep impact on people of color.”
Podcast: Police Reform, Removing Statues, and Catholic speakers
Father Josh Johnson answers those questions that many have in regards to removing statues, police reform, and images of Jesus. Click here to listen to this podcast.
What Can Catholics Do to Overcome Racism?
Fr. Mark-Mary asks Fr. Pierre Toussaint about his experience of racism and division in the Church. And Fr. Mark-Mary listens.
The Power of Forgiveness
Bishop Moore Catholic is dedicated to representing our Catholicity in all of its diversity. To that end, we regularly host inspired Catholic speakers to address our community. This past year, we hosted Chris Stefanick and Immaculee Illibagiza. Here we share a discussion between Chris Stefanick and Immaculée Ilibagiza as they talk about "The Power of Forgiveness."
Books by Catholic Authors
In his book Racial Justice and the Catholic Church (Orbis Books, 2010), Father Massingale reviews and analyzes the major statements on race that the church has made since the 1950s and offers recommendations to improve Catholic engagement in racial justice.