Association of Pittsburgh Priests 

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Fall Speaker Series

Mr. Gerritt will outline the exponential growth of mass incarceration since the 1980s, and what drove it. It will focus not only on the economic costs of mass incarceration, but also its devastating social impacts on poor communities and communities of color. He will explain why the problem was practically ignored in the late 1980s when he started his career in journalism, and why it has become a high-profile issue in the last 10 years. He will include plenty of time for responding to questions.

Until recently, Mr. Gerritt was the Editorial Page Editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette . For 15 years earlier, he was an award-winning columnist, editorial writer, reporter, and assistant city editor at the Detroit Free Press, USA Today, the Toledo Blade, the Green Bay Press-Gazette, and others. His 75 (!) national and state journalism awards include the 2020 Pulitzer Prize in Editorial Writing for exposing need-less deaths in Texas jails. He has reported from Cuba, the West Bank, Israel, Tanzania, and Brazil. Last year, he spent six weeks in Ukraine, reporting on refugees.

Revisit Past Speakers - May - September 2023

Eucharistic Spirituality: Celebration, Contemplation, Mission


Women Leadership in the Catholic Church


A Synod of Firsts & Surprises


APP Thanks Pope Francis for Repudiating the Doctrine of Discovery

On August 14, the APP Board of Directors approved a letter of gratitude to Pope Francis for Vatican's repudiation on March 30, 2023 of the Doctrine of Discovery. Our letter also requested further consideration due to the harmful effects on the peoples and cultures of the Americas, Africa, and Asia.

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What is the Doctrine of Discovery?

Papal letters in the late 1400s provided the basis and precedent for the legal and religious concept that has been used for centuries to justify the colonization and exploitation of indigenous peoples.

Promoting a Culture of Life

Association of Pittsburgh Priests calls on Catholic leaders to develop new pastoral, spiritual approach regarding abortion and the culture of life          -June 13, 2022

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APP is committed to doing all that we can to promote Synodality in Western PA. Synodality is a way of journeying forward, led by the Spirit, in our polarized world for our newly merged parishes, for lay groups associated with religious orders, and other groups wanting to live the Gospel more faithfully. Synodality is an on-going process – of listening to each other and for the Spirit, sharing hopes, experiencing supportive community, and being open and responsive to the pain of the world. Synodality is the way to grow as Church.

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