Diocese of Pittsburgh To Establish Parish for Black Catholic Community

Jeff Oravitz
June 19, 2020 - 4:06 pm
Bishop David Zubik

(Photo by Nate Guidry/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette/TNS)

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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) -  The Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh is establishing a personal parish for the Black Catholic Community.

Bishop David Zubik announced that Saint Benedict the Moor church in the Hill District will be that parish, effective July 13, 2020.

According to a release from the diocese, a personal parish is a parish that responds to specific spiritual needs often related to a particular culture or an extraordinary need. In the case of a personal parish, anyone who desires to be a part of that Catholic community is welcome to join.

“Along with their sincere enthusiasm and passion for their Catholic faith, I heard and felt their desire to have their unique spiritual and cultural needs met,” said Bishop Zubik. “I want to raise awareness of the need to walk with our black sisters and brothers as they continue to enrich and be an integral part of the Diocese of Pittsburgh and the Catholic Church Universal.”

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A small task force was put together to present and address concerns of the church. In a report, the task force stated, “This is not a call for separatism but instead for a pledge of commitment to the Church and to share in her witnessing to the love of Christ.” 

Requirements of Canon Law have been met to allow the establishment of the parish to move forward.

“I am committed to the needs of black Catholics in our community. I invite everyone to join me in this effort. We need to work together to make sure that black citizens from all walks of life are treated with the same respect that God intends all of us to have,” said Bishop Zubik.

The Diocese says clergy assignments have not yet been made.

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