Generally, when I come across a link to an announcement from the Office of African American Ministries (OAAM) for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, I wince in anticipation, as this branch of the chancery has in the past associated itself with partisan dissenters and peddled race-based identity politics. (See entries here and here.) Not so for the Year of Faith, at least when it comes to the two speakers who will bookend a series of lectures. A new brochure from the OAAM announces that Cardinal George will give a lecture next April on “Religion in the Pubic Square” and Bishop Joseph Perry, the TLM-celebrating auxiliary from Chicago rumored to be Bishop Clark of Rochester’s ultimate successor, will give a talk next month on Servant of God Fr. Augustus Tolton, “from slave to priest to saint.” Consider this a much-needed improvement.

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