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We are an outreach network of Priests for Life Civil Rights for The Unborn. By connecting with organizations and individuals, we work together to protect our families, and to end abortion by restoring a culture of spiritual awareness of and appreciation of the Sanctity of Life.

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A History of Black Catholics in America

 The Black Catholic Movement circa 1930 –2020 reinvigorated the church, with liturgical innovation, new preaching styles and activist scholarship. The 20th century brought two significant developments in the American population of Black Catholics. The first was the mass movement of African Americans from the rural South to the urban North and West, known as “the Great Migrations.” 

As black migrants moved into Catholic metropolises such as Chicago and Detroit, some progressive parishes invited black parents to enroll their children in Catholic schools. When they did so, black families were introduced to the rituals, prayers, and habits that defined Catholic culture at the time. They learned new ways of imagining, experiencing, and moving in the world. 

Tens of thousands of African Americans became Catholic as a result of these parochial school encounters, transforming the landscape of U.S. Catholicism. In Chicago, for example, the city’s black Catholic community numbered just a few hundred people meeting in the basement of a single parish in 1900. 

By 1975 Chicago was home to 80,000 black Catholics, the second largest black Catholic population in the country. In 1970, more black Catholics lived in Chicago than in New Orleans or Baltimore, an astonishing fact considering the centuries-long histories of black Catholic Louisiana and Maryland. 

Nationally the black Catholic population grew from less than 300,000 to nearly one million members between 1940 to 1975, while its center of gravity shifted from the coastal South to the industrial North. This growth in turn produced the second significant black Catholic happening of the 20th century. The Black Catholic Movement became many things all at once. There was a series of political struggles for self-determination in the institutional Church, fought in the circumstances of specific communities. 

The Black Catholic Movement has also inspired unprecedented liturgical innovation as musicians, theologians, and local congregations integrated African American and Afro-Diasporic religious practices into Catholic worship. The 1970s witnessed a flourishing of experimentation in black Catholic worship styles, as gospel and jazz music, West African drumming and dance, and black Protestant preaching styles all found their way into Catholic Masses. 

A “new” Black Catholic Movement converged in 1984 when the 10 black bishops of the United States declared that the black Catholic community in the United States had “come of age.” After more than a decade of activism, scholarship, and struggle, it was finally possible for black Catholics to be, in their words, both “authentically Black” and “truly Catholic.” 

Some believe that it is now time to focus on moving beyond the “mainstream” and “American” masks to seek deeper understanding; and to include a discussion that includes a whole host of brothers and sisters; Catholic Americans of Latin American, African, Asian, and Native American descent. We agree. 

Thus enters the vision of NATIONAL BLACK CATHOLICS FOR LIFE. Our vision is to unite communities as brothers and sisters in the “one blood, one human race beloved community” embraced in the 20thCentury by the prophet Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

We also support the Sanctity of Human Life in all stages. The Catholic Church opposes all forms of abortion procedures whose direct purpose is to destroy a zygote, blastocyst, embryo or fetus, since it holds that "human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception. 

“From the first moment of his existence, a human being must be recognized as having the rights of a person –among which is the inviolable right of every innocent being to life." 

We are an outreach network of Priests for Life Civil Rights for The Unborn. By connecting with organizations and individuals, we work together to protect our families, and to end abortion by restoring a culture of spiritual awareness of and appreciation of the Sanctity of Life.

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Make sure every prolifer you know is registered to vote

May 4, 2020

Friends,

The most important election in our history is drawing near, and despite the pandemic, many preparations are being made on both sides of the aisle.

While certain activities like door-to-door canvassing and campaign rallies are on hold for now, it’s still possible to register to vote.

And a lot of pro-life Christians have not yet done so!

When the lists of even pro-life groups are compared to the voter files, sometimes an astonishing 40 percent do not show up as registered! We have to fix this and I need your help.

There’s a very easy way to make sure you are registered, and even if you know that you are, it’s important to check to see whether any updates are needed to your voter file.

I will tell you how to do that shortly.

After you make sure you are registered, please tell everyone you know about this. Post it on your social media. Talk about itonyour Zoom calls. Help your family and friends check their registrations too.

Every vote matters, and every vote for life strikes a blow against the culture of death.

Consider these close results from recent elections:

The Virginia House of Delegates race in 2017 ended in a tie, and the tie was broken by pulling a name out of a bowl!

A state House seat in Vermont was decided by one vote in 2016, and a match in 2010 between the same two candidates also resultedin a one-vote victory.

A U.S. House race in Arizona in 2016 was decided by just 27 votes.

And who can forget that George W. Bush became president when Florida was called for him with a margin of 537 votes!

Please help me ensure that no pro-life candidate loses an election this year. The babies are depending on you.

I hope you are all healthy and taking steps to remain that way. I am praying for all of you. 

Thank you and God bless you!

Please click here to find out more about checking your voter registration.

Please act today, and please pass along this message to as many others you know who may be interested.

Thank you for being part of the Priests for Life Family! 

Sincerely,

Fr. Frank Pavone

Fr. Frank Pavone
National Director, Priests for Life