US Bishops celebrate 1963 Civil Right Act

by | Sep 13, 2014 | Vincentian Family

USCCB logo lgUSCCB President Highlights Achievements Of The Civil Rights Act; Calls For Unity And Respect Of Human Dignity

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), on the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act has called for unity and perseverance to continue the vital work begun in the Act for the respect for human dignity. The statement was issued September 9, the first day of the bishops’ September 9-10 Administrative Committee meeting at the USCCB headquarters in Washington, and the memorial of St. Peter Claver.

“Fifty years ago, the Civil Rights Act offered an olive branch of hope for equal treatment and opportunities for education, employment, and fuller participation in society,” Archbishop Kurtz said in his statement. “The Civil Rights Act was a monumental step forward and since then, we have made even more progress in this vital work of transforming hearts and minds, but there is still much work to do. The Act itself did not eradicate the legacy of slavery, racial discrimination and injustice.”

Archbishop Kurtz highlighted the work of the Catholic Church, including bishops, in the quest for integration and justice. “Propelled by their values and beliefs, members of different faiths and denominations, including Catholics, insisted that racial justice in the United States was an imperative, no longer to be ignored,” Archbishop Kurtz said.

The full statement.