For Immediate Release
Wednesday, May 6, 2020
Archbishop William E. Lori, Archbishop of Baltimore, issued the following statement following the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ call for a study into the impact of COVID-19 on African-American communities.
“The Archdiocese of Baltimore wholly supports the call by the Bishops’ Conference for a study into the disparate impact of COVID-19 on minority communities. In the City of Baltimore and elsewhere in the State of Maryland we have seen firsthand how this virus has ravaged our brothers and sisters in the Latino and African-American communities. We have great concerns about the short-term and long-term impact this will have on them and their families. It is both appropriate and responsible for the Catholic Church to add its voice to those calling for a thorough and comprehensive understanding of the underlying causes and the effects of this virus on these communities, which continue to suffer from long-standing inequities in basic human rights such as access to quality healthcare.”
About the Archdiocese of Baltimore
The Archdiocese of Baltimore, established as a diocese in 1789, is the Premier See of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States. The archdiocese serves more than a half-million Catholics and encompasses most of the state of Maryland, serving the greater community in various ways.