Topic: CMSM in the News

CMSM Executive Director Highlights Networking in Support of U.S. Bishops’ Death Penalty Stance

from Catholic News Service

Capuchin Father John Pavlik, executive director of the Conference of Major Superiors of Men, told CNS that networking is a key tool in the toolbox in spreading information opposing the death penalty. CMSM, he said, has a person on staff to monitor issues surrounding justice and peace, and has consistently communicated capital punishment information to CMSM members.

Father Pavlik said he takes inspiration from an Ohio woman whose child was murdered decades ago. The killer was arrested, tried and convicted on a charge of capital murder, “and she has spent the last 25 years advocating against the execution of this man.” The priest also voiced his distaste at the “disregard for life” shown in Arkansas, which he said had tried to execute eight death-row prisoners in such a short time because “the drug (used in the fatal injection) was going to expire.”

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15 Christian Organizations Call for Peace, Justice in Israel/Palestine


The Conference of Major Superiors of Men and Pax Christi International are among 15 major Christian organisations of different denominations that sent a briefing paper to all members of Congress and to the Trump Administration this morning, calling for US policies that promote peace, justice, and equality between Israelis and Palestinians.

The paper states: “2017 marks 50 years since Israel occupied the West Bank and Gaza and 24 years since the signing of the Oslo Accords. Over the last 50 years, but particularly since the signing of the Oslo accords in 1993, there have been significant changes on the ground in the occupied Palestinian territories that have a negative impact on efforts to achieve peace with justice.”

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Source: ICN News

Brothers cast wide net seeking input for symposium on identity, mission

Brothers Symposium

From the National Catholic Reporter

“Organizers of the first National Symposium on the Life of the Religious Brother are casting a wide net, inviting not just brothers, but all people — women religious, lay people, priests and deacons — to join a discussion about the life and mission of religious brothers in the Catholic church today.”

CMSM is one of the co-sponsors of this event to be held in March, along with the Religious Brothers Conference, the National Religious Vocation Conference and the Religious Formation Conference.

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Catholic groups’ letter calls on President Trump to uphold dignity of life

White House

From the National Catholic Reporter

Some Catholic leaders are reaching out to President Donald Trump and other high-ranking officials to describe what their idea of a “comprehensive pro-life approach” should look like.

Eight Catholic organizations signed and sent a two-page letter on Jan. 27 to the president outlining their concerns for the future. The six areas of concerns were global conflict and violence, immigration, climate change, health care and social services, the refugee crisis and criminal justice. Abortion was mentioned only briefly in the beginning to say that abortion rates have declined after more comprehensive services were offered to women and families.

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