By William E. Lori, Archbishop of Baltimore  

Printed in America Magazine on July 27, 2020.

Archbishop Lori provides an excellent summation of the Catholic Church’s position on social teaching while not endorsing the political element of the Black Lives Matter organization.

Lori is a native of New Albany, Indiana and a graduate of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Grade School. The photo was taken on the occasion of the dedication of the Museum Room at the Cardinal Ritter Birthplace on July 17, 2013.

In light of the extreme events of recent days,
we invoke the heavenly aid of Joseph Cardinal Ritter with this prayer.

Cardinal Ritter, America again needs your wisdom, your courage, and your guidance.
Today we implore your help to bring fairness, equality, and civility to our nation.
Instill in each of us the compassion and understanding necessary to bring,
as you often said, “
equality of every soul before Almighty God.”
Intercede for us to the Father, that He will grant us healing and
answer our plea with peace.


Cardinal Ritter Birthplace Foundation, Inc. (CRBFI) was created in 2004 as a non-profit organization dedicated to rehabilitating and maintaining the Ritter house, telling the story of Cardinal Ritter, and preserving the remarkable legacy of this native son of New Albany, Indiana. (See Missions/Goals)  (See Board of Directors)

Today, more than 50 years since Cardinal Ritter’s 1967 passing, the CRBF strives to mirror his legacy in the place where he was born. The Ritter family house and bakery storefront has been tastefully renovated. Our community outreach partner is the Louisville-based Home of the Innocents (HOTI), whose goal is “to maintain the peace-filled, home-like atmosphere of Cardinal Ritter House while providing a safe, engaging therapeutic space in which clients and families can feel comfortable waiting for their service provider. (See Home of the Innocents)