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Author: Nate Tinner-Williams

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Race and Catholicism in America: A Coat of Many Colors

I was recently asked to give a presentation on Black Catholicism and social justice for the California Chinese Catholic Living Camp (CACCLC) 2020 retreat. It, like everything else for now, was virtual, which gave me the opportunity to present from...

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Statement of the Black Catholic Clergy Caucus, 1968

From the time of its initial presence in the United States until April 1968, the Catholic Church never had an official meeting of its Black Catholic clergy. It also, of course, prevented Black clergy entirely until 1854, possessed no openly...

Queridas Afroamericanas

“The Synod for the Amazon was historic; no previous synod was as synodal and reform-oriented as this one.” — Cardinal Claudio Hummes, OFM A year and a half ago, I could hardly have dreamed of giving heed to an “Apostolic...

Love In the Time of Coronavirus

I have increasingly had the feeling that I’m reaching a breaking point. In this current crisis of health, wealth, and love of neighbor, I am feeling a bit overwhelmed by it all. Maybe you’re feeling it too, and asking yourself:...

The Rest of My Life: Before and After Conversion

As I reflected today on my upcoming move to be nearer to most of my family and to some of my roots, I have had a strong feeling of denouement. Sixteen months ago, I went looking for Jesus’ Church in...

Catholicism at the Intersection of Blackness and Self-Discovery

“To be Christian is to be Catholic.” I’m sure there was a time when this was uncontroversially true. Perhaps not now, but it’s a considerable thought to ponder. Even today, to be Christian is to be inextricably linked to Catholicism,...

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