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Sisters of Charity Federation Statement in response to Executive Orders

The Sisters of Charity Federation stands in solidarity with faith leaders in opposing the Executive Orders of President Trump that have created fear and anxiety among immigrants and refugees, including both our Southern neighbors and our Muslim sisters and brothers. We will respond with urgency and compassion to the needs of immigrants and refugees while also supporting our nation’s right to protect its borders.

Based upon the spirituality of Vincent de Paul and Louise de Marillac, we embrace the call to “welcome the stranger” (MT 25:35) and there find the face of Christ. We commit to continue our ministries and public actions to welcome immigrants and refugees in light of the unprecedented global refugee crisis that has displaced 65 million people, especially women and children who are fleeing violence and persecution.

With the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, we commit to protect our brothers and sisters of all faiths, and we oppose regulations that deny access to refugees based upon religion, race or country of origin. With Pope Francis, we see that immigrants and refugees “are appealing for solidarity and assistance…God is good; let us imitate God. Their condition cannot leave us indifferent.” (Pope Francis, May 2013, Assembly of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People)

We oppose the “Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements” Executive Order which ignores the right to seek asylum at our border, increases the use of immigration detention, ramps up the speed of immigration proceedings in a system unable to carry the load, deprives people of the basic right to a hearing before a judge, plays into the hands of traffickers, smugglers and drug cartels, and tears families apart. (derived from Women’s Refugee Commission 2017, New York, NY) We support comprehensive immigration reform which affords a more realistic and timely immigration process, recognizes changes in our current quota system and reduces the dire position migrants face due to the protracted delay in processing visa applications.

We lament the rise of religious intolerance in our nation. Some civic communities seem ill equipped to deal with the combination of fear and ignorance that sometimes accompanies the arrival of new and diverse neighbors. We will join educators, faith leaders, business leaders, police and elected officials to assist in working through these issues and in articulating the principles of religious liberty espoused in the U.S. Constitution.

We oppose racism in all its manifestations. We will engage with persons of varying viewpoints and inform others through Scripture and Catholic Social Teaching of the principles that allow all of us to overcome our fear and prejudice in order to respond to “the other” with love and hospitality.

The Sisters of Charity Federation comprises nine communities of women religious and associates in the United States of America. 

*We are Gospel women living out Gospel values, and welcome genuine dialogue and interaction with others of differing viewpoints. Inflammatory, vulgar and/or hateful remarks will not be approved for the comments section.*


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    Loretto R. Mueller says

    Trump, put yourself in the shoes of the people you want to are so filled with yourself I feel that you would find this IMPOSSIBLE for you to accomplish

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    Debbie says

    I’m concerned about those who have come to the US to survive and will continue to pray for wisdom & compassion for me and those in authority over me, whether spiritual, political or economically.

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    Jack M. says

    President Trumps decision to limit immigration from a few countries that have terrorist ties was based on CIA intelligence. And he has the right and moral obligation to protect us. Remember, and we may have forgotten, that immigration is not a right, but a gift. I think the Sisters are not happy with the out come of the election and this is the wrong way to express it. You have chapters in many countries, please name one that is more generous. Unhappy Benefactor. Jack M.

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      FederationSocial says

      The Sisters of Charity Federation is a nonprofit, bipartisan, Catholic-Christian organization made up of 2,700 sisters and 1,900 associates. No one party, election or candidate would represent all of us. Therefore we are not in agreement with your statement that the sisters are unhappy with the outcome of the election. We are simply responding to Jesus’ teachings and the Pope’s leadings to welcome the stranger and live out our gospel values.

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    R. Slack says

    I will always have great respect for the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth because of their influence in my life as my teachers in grades 1-12. My response is: our nation must continue to be prudent and use common sense when admitting people from those countries who’s populace has many people who would kill Americans just because they are Americans. This is a very daunting task and our leaders need our prayers and support as they deal with this difficult situation.

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