Black Catholic History :

How Catholics should be thinking about Black History Month

The following article is adapted from an October 2020 interview with Father Joshua Johnson by theologian Shaun Blanchard, which originally appeared in Church Life Journal, the publication of Notre Dame University’s McGrath Institute for Church Life.

One question I hear quite a bit from people is, “Why are there so few Black Catholics in America?”

My response has always been, “How are there so many? How are there so many African American bishops? How are there so many African American priests? How are there so many African American religious sisters? How are there so many African American laity?”

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