THE CATHOLIC VIEWPOINT ON RACE RELATIONS by John S.J. La Farge
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THE CATHOLIC VIEWPOINT ON RACE RELATIONS

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This volume represents a thorough coverage of the problem of race relations from the Catholic viewpoint essentially in connection with the Negroes and whites in the United States. The author, an eminent American Jesuit who has long been in the forefront of organizations and movements for inter-racial justice, is well-qualified to discuss every phase of the problem. In this book the problem is handled from almost every conceivable angle. Part I discusses the actuality of the Negro problem in historical, sociological and legal terms. Part II considers the Catholic position on this problem in terms of the factual record of achievements and failures in connection with inter-ra justice and charity. Part III explains clearly the basic Catholic principles and their implications relating to the problem as they derive from natural morality, science and the Catholic Faith. Part IV is entitled, What the Individual Can Do. It outlines in detail the practical measures that can be taken by individual Catholics in different concrete situations to bring about a realization of inter-racial justice and charity. An Epilogue discusses moderation and gradualism in respect to desegregation. Appendix A considers the matter of inter-racial marriage and Appendix B illustrates what individuals can do about inter-racial justice and charity by reference to the Manhasset Project of slum clearance and better housing. It would be difficult to come by a more comprehensive and effective presentation of the facts and doctrines of Catholic inter-racial justice and charity than is to be found in this informative and practical book.

Pub Date: Oct. 8th, 1956
Publisher: Ranover House