“It just touched my spirit. And just to be among so many African-Americans who know who they are as Christians and . . . are not afraid to let people know that we are black and we are Catholic and that there’s no separation in that was a powerful thing.”
— Deacon Lawrence Houston, who ministers at St. Peter Claver Parish in New Orleans, speaking July 19 about the National Black Catholic Congress XI in Indianapolis
“Even if we got a vaccine tomorrow and a cure on Monday, we have two generations of children who have not been parented. They’re now becoming parents and they’ve never been parented. In the high impact countries that had all the deaths in the late 1990s and early 2000s, nobody is talking about the social and developmental ramifications of not being parented.”
— Maryknoll Father Richard Bauer, who runs an HIV education and treatment program in Namibia, speaking about the impact of HIV/AIDS in the context of the XIX International AIDS Conference, held July 22-27 in Washington, D.C.
“People of faith need assurance that they remain free to exercise and express their religious beliefs in public, provided just order be observed, without threat of external pressure to conform to changing societal ‘norms.’”
— Missouri Catholic Conference, in support of a proposed “right to pray” amendment to the Missouri Constitution that appears on the statewide ballot Aug. 7
“We do not grieve like those who have no hope. . . . We grieve with the knowledge that neither death nor life can separate us from the love of God. When we do return to our lives, let us see in this tragedy a reminder that our lives are fleeting and they are precious in God’s sight.”
— Denver Auxiliary Bishop James Conley, speaking July 22 during an evening prayer service that drew thousands after a gunman killed 12 people and wounded 58 at a July 20 midnight screening of the movie “The Dark Knight Rises” in Aurora, Colo.