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“I Belong! And I’m Here to Stay!” U.S. Black Catholics’ Faith and Faithfulness

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This study attends closely to the faith and experiences of black Catholics. Two major themes emerged from semi-structured interviews with fifteen black Catholics in a midwestern U.S. city: First, participants experience the Catholic church simultaneously as both a loving home and a significant source of suffering because of racism. Second, participants engage in forgiveness of racism, which involves working for racial transformation of church and society. The analysis suggests a need for corporate conversion in that racism remains a major and pernicious barrier to the U.S. Catholic church’s ability to serve as a sacrament of God’s love.

Affiliations: 1: College of Saint Mary, 7000 Mercy Road, Omaha, ne 68106 USA,


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