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 »
The letter was signed by Pax Christi USA, a national Catholic peace organization, and groups representing religious men and women, including the Conference of Major Superiors of Men and Network, a Catholic social justice lobby. Other signers included the Franciscan Action Network, Maryknoll Office of Global Concerns, National Advocacy Center of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd, USC Province of the Society of the Sacred Heart and the Institute Justice Team of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas.
We are moved by the anxiety and suffering of the Dreamers to escalate our accompaniment and our resistance to injustice, especially as the March 5th deadline approaches.
CMSM was a signatory to a recent statement signed by 751 leaders of Catholic organizations.
The greatest potential for peace making is the country’s rich heritage of community-led peace processes. The churches are well positioned to assist local communities coming together to resolve local conflicts and reflect on the larger conflict besetting the nation.
The University of San Diego’s Frances G. Harpst Center for Catholic Thought and Culture recently hosted a conference entitled “The Catholic Church Moves Towards Nonviolence? Just Peace/Just War in Dialogue.”
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.
Extending the fruit and work of the Nonviolence and Just Peace conference in Rome 2016, this resolution commits and calls members of the CMSM to “use both our individual charisms and experience as religious leaders to 1) significantly build up nonviolent practices and a culture of nonviolence; and 2) to invite Pope Francis to offer an encyclical on nonviolence, which would include a shift to a just peace approach for transforming conflict.”
President Trump recently launched 59 cruise missiles at an air base in Syria in retaliation for an alleged chemical weapons attack within Syria. We, who are called to be Catholic religious leaders, mourn for all those that died in both of these incidents, and we denounce this use of violence which only exacerbates the habits and structures of violence.
On New Year’s Day, the village of Riimenze in Western Equatoria was the scene of intense fighting between the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (national army) and rebels, made up primarily of local men and boys “recruited” to defend their area. During the fighting, homes were looted and burned, sometimes with people in them. Over 5000 people from the village fled their homes and are sheltering at the parish in Riimenze, the site of the Solidarity Agricultural Training Project.
- CMSM Media Relase - Paranoia to Metanoia: Courageous Mercy Transforming Violence and Racism - 08-18-2016
- CMSM Media Release – Boycott Illegal Settlements – 3-30-2016
- CMSM Media Release – Statement on US Budget FY2017 – 2-11-2016
- CMSM Media Release - Criminal Justice Reform - 11-17-2015
- CMSM Media Release - National Assembly Passes Resolution: Cherish All of Creation - 8-10-2015 - View Full Resolution
- CMSM Media Release - Cherish All of Creation - Statement on Pope's Encyclical - 7-9-2015
- CMSM and LCWR Media Release: Pope Francis and Care for Creation - 6-18-2015
- Media Release: CMSM Statement on the Sentencing of Dzhokhar - 5-26-2015
- Media Release: Court Decision and Executive Action - 2-19-2015
- Media Release: Ferguson and Beyond: A Window into Our Human Quest - 12-10-2014
- Media Release: Holy Land Calls for Courageous Peacemaking - 07-31-2014
- Media Release: End the Bed Quota on Detention of Immigrants - 05-08-2014
- Media Release: Call for Restorative Justice Not the Death Penalty for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev - 2-19-2014
- CMSM Statement on Use of Chemical Weapons in Syria - 09-06-2013 (Related Media Release)
- CMSM Statement on Armed Drones - Media Release, 05-03-2013
- CMSM Statement on Immigration Reform Proposals, 02-04-2013
- 2012 CMSM Statement on Killings in Newtown, Connecticut (December)
- 2012 CMSM - LCWR Statement on Supreme Court and Arizona Immigration Law (June)