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Catholic Leaders Welcome Supreme Court Ruling in Biden V. Texas
June 30, 2022 3:21 PM

Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc.
June 30, 2022

WASHINGTON — Today, the Supreme Court of the United States issued a 5-4 decision in Biden v. Texas, finding that the Secretary of Homeland Security’s termination of the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) was lawful.

Bishop Mario E. Dorsonville, auxiliary bishop of Washington and chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration, Sr. Donna Markham, OP, PhD, president and CEO of Catholic Charities USA, and Anna Gallagher, executive director of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., issued the following statement:

“Today’s decision recognizes and preserves the executive branch’s ability to reverse untenable, illegal and immoral policies, regardless of who is in office. The implementation of MPP has obstructed due process and subjected people to the very dangers that forced them to seek refuge in the United States in the first place. With this ruling, we welcome the end of MPP.

Ours is both a nation of laws and a beacon of hope for many throughout the world. This should inspire us to work toward just and humane responses to forced migration, not embrace failed policies of the past. As Pope Francis has warned, we cannot limit ourselves to building ‘walls of fear’ and supporting ‘vetoes dictated by nationalist interests’ if we are to achieve meaningful progress in addressing these challenges.

While this ruling helps pave the way forward, it does not resolve the ongoing challenges at our country’s southwest border. We remain committed to supporting immigration policies that produce more sustainable solutions, respect the God-given dignity of migrants, and better reflect Christ’s call to welcome the stranger.”

On March 21, 2022, the USCCB, CLINIC and CCUSA filed an amicus curiae brief in in Biden v. Texas, supporting the Secretary’s decision to terminate the program.


LCWR calls for action to prevent gun violence
May 25, 2022 6:26 PM

The Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), of which we are a member, has issued this statement.

The Killing Must End: LCWR Calls for Action to Prevent Gun Violence
May 25, 2022

Our hearts and prayers go out to those parents, grandparents, siblings, aunts, and uncles who lost their precious children and to all who have been touched by the massacre at Robb Elementary School.

Unfortunately, their heartbreak has become all too familiar to students, teachers, and parents across this country. The Washington Post reports that since the attack at Columbine High School in 1999, nearly 300,000  have been on campus during a school shooting. In 2020 firearm related injuries surpassed automobile accidents as the leading cause of death among children and adolescents. according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Where is the outrage? How many more children are we willing to sacrifice?

We mourn with the people of Uvalde even as we continue to grieve for those lost to gun violence in Laguna Park, Buffalo, Parkland, Las Vegas, Sutherland Springs, Orlando, San Bernardino, Charleston, Newtown, Columbine, and in countless other cities and towns across this nation.  We mourn the senseless killing made easy by the proliferation of guns and the pervasive culture of violence which plague our communities.

While there is much to grieve, we know that mourning is not enough. Prayers and condolences, as important as they are, are not enough.

It is well past time that our elected officials stopped listening to the gun lobby and heeded the cries of the people of this nation. It is well past time that we enacted sensible gun violence prevention legislation.

The Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) calls on Congress to immediately take up legislation that:
requires universal background checks and mandatory waiting periods for all gun purchases;
bans civilian ownership of high-capacity weapons and magazines; and
provides funding to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to conduct public health research on firearm violence prevention.

We pledge to stand with all who seek to put an end to the epidemic violence in our land and to follow the path of peace. Let us never doubt that the deep darkness of these days can be overcome by the radiant light of our lives and actions lived in love.


Statement on Racism and Gun Violence
May 18, 2022 10:37 AM

The Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), of which we are a member, has issued this statement regarding Racism and Gun Violence in Buffalo, New York.

Violence and White Supremacy Cannot Stand
May 18, 2022

Our hearts are breaking as we once again come face to face with the racial hatred and gun violence that infect our land. The members of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious extend their condolences to the Buffalo community and all who lost loved ones, friends, and neighbors and we say once more violence and white supremacy cannot stand.  And we know that is not enough!

Racism is a virus, every bit as deadly as COVID-19, that has infected our nation since its inception and until we address it, people of color will continue to die, and our nation will continue to bleed. Racism, whether the institutional racism which privileges some at the expense of others or the daily acts of hate and discrimination, diminishes us all. It denies that most profound truth, that all of us are created in God’s image and each of us is entitled to lives of dignity and respect.

As women religious in a predominantly white organization, we recognize how we have been privileged. We lament our silence in the face of white supremacist ideology, and we acknowledge our complicity in institutional racism. We ask forgiveness of our sisters and brothers of color, and we pray for our nation’s healing. And we know that is not enough!

It is time for bold, decisive action. We pledge to raise our voices and to act to end the violence and white supremacy which has cost us dearly. In the wake of the horror of Buffalo, we rededicate ourselves to LCWR’s commitment to dismantle systemic racism and white privilege and effect transformative change in our hearts, our organization, and our society and we pledge anew to build God’s beloved community. We will not permit that violence and white supremacy to stand!

LCWR is an association of leaders of congregations of Catholic women religious in the United States. The conference has nearly 1300 members, who represent more than 38,800 women religious in the United States. Founded in 1956, LCWR assists its members to collaboratively carry out their service of leadership to further the mission of the Gospel in today’s world.


Jubilee
May 16, 2022 3:55 PM

We are honored to announce our 2022 Jubilarians who will celebrate the anniversary of their first profession of vows in June.
 


Congratulations Sister Pacis
May 16, 2022 3:53 PM

We congratulate Sister Pacis Bao, OSF, as she observes her 75th Jubilee.

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Education and Ministries
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Congratulations Sister Ann
May 16, 2022 3:50 PM

We congratulate Sister Ann Pitsenberger, OSF, as she observes her 70th Jubilee.

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Education and Ministries
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Congratulations Sister Mary
May 16, 2022 3:45 PM

We congratulate Sister Mary Flynn, OSF, as she observes her 70th Jubilee.

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Education and Ministries
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Congratulations Sister Mary Evelyn
May 16, 2022 3:41 PM

We congratulate Sister Mary Evelyn Lamb, OSF, as she observes her 70th Jubilee.

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Education and Ministries
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Congratulations Sister Bernadine
May 16, 2022 3:30 PM

We congratulate Sister Bernadine Gutowski, OSF, as she observes her 60th Jubilee.

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Education and Ministries
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Congratulations Sister Janelle
May 16, 2022 3:12 PM

We congratulate Sister Janelle Athorp, OSF, as she observes her 60th Jubilee.


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