Copy Desk Daily, June 15, 2020

Recommended for you today, from the NCR/GSR/EarthBeat copy desk:

Shannen Dee Williams is the Albert Lepage Assistant Professor of History at Villanova University. She is completing her first book, Subversive Habits: Black Catholic Nuns in the Long African American Freedom Struggle with Duke University Press. She has written for Global Sisters Report before. Today, NCR brings you this essay. In it: "That it has taken so long for the institutional church and many non-Black Catholics to embrace the rally cry of #BlackLivesMatter, however, cannot be ignored. It must be said, too, that the recent Catholic statements on racism and rising protests fall way short when it comes to acknowledging the church's role in the contemporary crisis and direct complicity in the sins of anti-Black racism, slavery and segregation in the modern era." Read more.

Related, from this weekend from Decolonizing Faith and Society, a regular column by Alex Mikulich: We need to embody a blues hope

There are 12 sisters in India who are doctors taking part in Corona Care, a global counseling network to support those worried about the coronavirus and those needing immediate medical guidance. They say it's a way to help heal human suffering. Read on GSR: On the phone from miles away, sister doctors in India counsel on COVID-19.

Stories about recent Catholic school closings caused some to wonder if the flurry of such actions over the past two months signaled an unexpected impact of the pandemic. Read more.

Related: US worship publishers see income 'evaporate' due to pandemic restrictions

Michael Sean Winters on the latest Viganò episode: While it is doubtful this will cause any political fallout, it might cause some Catholics, who are new viewing to these fringes, to reconsider their religious stance. Read more.

In case you missed it; this story has been updated with comments from the Detroit Archdiocese: Church Militant, a conservative Catholic group supportive of Trump, denounced for video calling black archbishop 'African Queen'

Want to keep updated with the latest news from the National Catholic Reporter? Sign up here for news updates by email — including one that will send you Copy Desk Daily every Monday through Friday.

Enter your email address to receive free newsletters from NCR.

Join the Conversation

Send your thoughts and reactions to Letters to the Editor. Learn more here