In episode two of Apostles’ Field Guide, Monica Pope and I continue our examination of the first part of the USCCB’s letter against racism, “Open Wide Our Hearts.” In this episode we finish discussing the “Do Justice” section and then look at the “Love Goodness” portion of the document. We talk about the white centrality of the American history we were taught in school. We also wrestle with the reality Catholics face when their bishops don’t live up to the Church’s teaching. Finally, we look at where the US bishops challenge us to examine our lives and ask if we exhibit the fruits of the Spirit or attitudes racism and injustice.

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Paul Faheylives in Michigan with his wife and four kids. For the past eight years, he has worked as a professional catechist. He has an undergraduate degree in Theology and is currently working toward a Masters Degree in Pastoral Counseling. He is a retreat leader, catechist formator, writer, and a co-founder of Where Peter Is. He is also the founder and co-host of the Pope Francis Generation podcast. His long-term goal is to provide pastoral counseling for Catholics who have been spiritually abused, counseling for Catholic ministers, and counseling education so that ministers are more equipped to help others in their ministry.

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