Justice & Peace Statements and News

JPIC Virtual Gathering on Migration

In light of the COVID-19 panedemic, CMSM moved a planned national justice and peace gathering online, with presenters and attendees gathering via video conference. Following this virtual gathering, the group issued a statement, Envisioning Gospel-Based Solidarity and Flourishing with Migrants. The statement reads in part: “From March 16–18, 2020, a national gathering of Catholic religious justice… Read more »

CMSM Responds to US-Iran Tensions

Fr. Mark Padrez, OP, executive director of the Conference of Major Superiors of Men: “As tensions between the United States and Iran grow, this is a time of intense prayer for our world leaders, and of deep reflection, especially in this Christmas season, on the Prince of Peace. We are committed to continue to pray,… Read more »

Men Religious Participate in Catholic Day of Action on Immigration

Over 400 Catholics, including a number of men religious – Franciscan, Columban, Jesuit, de la Salle Christian Brother, and others – participated in a Sept. 4 Day of Action in Newark, New Jersey, to protest federal government policies and practices that traumatize immigrant children, particularly the policy of child and family detention. Cardinal Joseph Tobin,… Read more »

Catholic Gathering at the Capitol to Protest Detention of Children

Hundreds of Catholic leaders, including representatives of the Conference of Major Superiors of Men, gathered at the US Capitol in mid-July to demand an end to detention of immigrant children. Later, in an act of nonviolent civil disobedience, scores were arrested in the Russell Senate Office Building Rotunda while praying, singing, and chanting. CMSM member… Read more »

Renew the Face of the Earth

Renew the Face of the Earth: An Urgent Catholic Call to Energy Transition “Lord send out your spirit and renew the face of the Earth.” – Psalm 104 Following Pope Francis’ meeting on June 13-14, 2019, with major fossil fuel executives and investors at the Vatican, the Conference of Major Superiors of Men (CMSM) announced… Read more »

Empathy and Honor for Sexual Assault Survivors

The Senate hearings this week have brought to the forefront the dignity of women. A statement developed by CMSM notes, “In collaboration with women, we must help to create space so that women are heard, can participate equally, and many more can become leaders. As Jesus lifted up the value of women in his cultural… Read more »

Border Separation is Immoral and Must Desist

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The following statement regarding the separation of families upon entry at the U.S. border was released June 20, 2018: As Christians and Catholic religious leaders, our hearts are broken whenever our sisters and brothers suffer injustice. Many of us minister in border communities. We see the desperation of families fleeing violence and death in their… Read more »

Release: CMSM On Ending DACA 

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As Catholic religious leaders in the U.S., CMSM is sick with grief and disgust at the recent decision by the administration to put children and young people in abrupt uncertainty by ending DACA.