McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts
Anna Floerke Scheid
African American Catholics, Black Catholics, Black Liberation Theology, Black Theology, Reconciliation, Sacrament
This research proposes and examines the development of a Black Catholic theology of reconciliation based on the 1984 Catholic document, "What We Have Seen and Heard: A Pastoral Letter on Evangelization from the Black Bishops of the United States." The bishops cite that African American Catholics have gifts to share with the Catholic Church--their racial, cultural and spiritual gifts. The research reviews these claims in light of African American Catholic theology and draws upon Black theology, particularly Black liberation theology. Given the history of racism that the U.S. bishops call a sin, the research includes a historical review of the multifaceted dimensions of racism, particularly institutional and social. The research raises the possibility of a praxis for reconciliation in light of the common history and experiences of African American Catholics and the overall African American community. It includes an overview of sacramental history and understanding of penance and reconciliation.
Tucker, M. (2013). Towards A Black Catholic Theology of Reconciliation-Tucker (Doctoral dissertation, Duquesne University). Retrieved from https://dsc.duq.edu/etd/1296