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The Bi-Weekly Publication of The Catholic Diocese of Lexington

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Linda Harvey


LEXINGTON. Daniel A. Rudd was a Catholic black slave from Nelson County who was a forerunner of the civil rights movement. His life (1854-1933) and contributions to the Catholic Church and society were outlined in a Newman Foundation presen- tation by Dr. Gary B. Agee, associate profes- sor of church history at Anderson University in Indiana, April 4 at the William T. Young Library at University of Kentucky. About 60 people attended. Daniel Rudd was born August 7, 1854, the eleventh of 12 children to Catholic parents, Elizabeth and Robert Rudd, who were black slaves and owned by Catholics. His father was a slave on the Rudd estate and his mother was a slave of the Hayden family near Bardstown. Daniel (who at the age of four was valued at

Founder of NBCC, Rudd: Slave to editor and activist

$250) was a slave of other members of the Hayden family in Nelson County, said Dr. Agee, who wrote his 2011 doctoral dissertation on Rudd. It became a book, titled "A Cry for Justice: Daniel Rudd and His Life in Black Catholicism, Journalism, and Activism." Despite Catholic teach- ings, 70 percent of people in Nelson County owned slaves," he said. "Many of these slaves were sold to non-Catholics." Rudd's influence is not limited to race or Catholi- cism. He was a Catholic apologist who believed in a glorious future for his race [resting] on Christianity and the whole harmonious church at a time when prejudice was high," said Dr. Agee, a mem- ber the Church of God with which Anderson University is affiliated. "Rudd was always ex- cited about Catholic teaching and did not mention he was a slave. He often criticized other churches for not being more open." A question that Rudd raised to himself: "What does it mean to be Catholic in the midst of this?" This examination led to a deep- er relationship with God and the strength to love as Christ loves. Sometimes, the Catholic Church followed status quo and other times promoted racial equality and justice. During Rudd's day, some believed that blacks should have legal equality-like testifying in court, have decent jobs, political equality, and able to vote (supported women's right to vote at the time). Rudd had a different idea. He thought social equality was more important," said Dr. Agee. Daniel Rudd always remained a faith- ful Catholic. Following the Civil War, he moved to Springfield, OH, where his elder brother, Robert Rudd was living, in order to get a secondary-school education. There in 1886 he began a newspaper, which was called the "Ohio State Tribune." That same year, Rudd, who was the editor, changed the focus of this weekly newspaper and gave it a new name, "American Catholic Tribune," the only Catholic journal owned and published by black men. He also worked for a newspaper, the Springfield Review, where he wrote stories

Daniel A. Rudd, founder of the National Black Catholic Congress

The ordination retreat for the Permanent Diaconate was held at CliffView from April 27 through May 1. Ordination for the 23 men and two transitional deacons will be held at 10:30 a.m. June 4 at the Cathedral of Christ the King. Photo: Larry Durbin

LEXINGTON. Pope Francis is bring- ing Catholic social justice teach- ing "to the center of the church," away from being a "hobby" or a specialty," Bishop John Stowe, O.F.M. Conv. told a group of over 100 people April 26. His presentation, "Catholic So- cial Teaching: The Teachings of Pope Francis," was the final in a three-part series, co-sponsored by the diocesan Office of Peace and Justice and the Office of Catechet- ical Service. The event was held in the Cathedral of Christ the King's Hehman Hall in Lexington.

Pope's life, ministry, writings reflect consistent themes

The bishop provided some- thing of a survey course on Pope Francis, covering the pontiff's life, ministry, and writing. With Pope Francis, "the man is the message," Bishop Stowe said, deflecting attention away from him to those people on the pe- riphery of society. "Francis is the pope of gestures." This is seen in his visits to prisons, to the sepa- ration wall in Israel, and to the slums of Ciudad Juarez, during his trip to Mexico. As an Argentinean who min- istered in that South American country, until he was elected pope, Pope Francis is from "the ends of the earth." A Jesuit, formed in Ig- natian spirituality, the pope is a man of "discernment." In a region heavily influenced by liberation theology, "he had to live in the tension," between tradition and

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