Most Influential Black Spiritual Leaders 10

Most Influential Black Spiritual Leaders 10

Archbishop Wilton Gregory

The first African-American to head the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Gregory took the lead in reforming church policies in the wake of the clergy sex abuse scandals. Though he is no longer president of the organization, Gregory made headlines as a religious leader willing to take a hard line in considering sex abuse a crime and calling for the ouster of predatory priests. Gregory, now Atlanta’s archbishop, has worked to help restore public confidence in the church. In 2006, he was inducted into the Martin Luther King Board of Preachers at Morehouse College and honored with the Cardinal Bernardin Award given by the Catholic Common Ground Initiative.



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