Pierre Toussaint: Hairdresser, philanthropist, and former slave

June 30, 2022 | The Catholic World Report

The heroic virtue of this former slave turned philanthropist shines bright even among the saints.

by Father Seán Connolly | The Catholic World Report

While we believe in the holiness of the Church in her divine constitution, she remains as St. Augustine said, a “corpus permixtum,” a mixed body of saints and sinners. Professing Catholics bolstered by the graces of the sacraments are still subject to the effects of original sin. The sin of racism and prejudice can certainly exist within the Church. Such a scandal is all the worse when it becomes a stumbling block that drives people away.

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