While tensions between the governments of the United States and the People's Republic of Korea were escalating, approximately 650 members of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious meeting in Orlando, FL issued the following public statement imploring President Donald J. Trump to engage in dialogue and negotiation.
At this critical moment for our country and global community, we - the 650 members of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious gathered in assembly - have discerned the Gospel call to embody love for the sake of the world. We believe that love is more powerful than fear, dialogue more productive than rhetoric, and connection more transformative than threats of destruction.
We call on President Trump to engage in constructive dialogue and negotiation to resolve the current crisis between the governments of the United States and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea in a manner that guarantees the peace and security that all people seek.
We commit ourselves to promote nonviolence and a compassionate response to the thirst of the world for integrity and communion. .
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.
Sr. Alice Gerdeman, CDP, chair of the Global Concerns Committee of LCWR, confers with LCWR staff Sr. Ann Scholz, SSND and committee members during the recent LCWR Assembly
In 1982 the Sisters of Divine Providence of Kentucky after prayer and information sharing adopted a communal statement calling for nuclear disarmament. In 2005 they reaffirmed their position. The sisters invite you to reflect on this statement and join them in prayer for peace.
NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT STATEMENT ~ Sisters of Divine Providence
Conscious of our call to be living witnesses of God’s Providence, we, Sisters of Divine Providence of Kentucky, proclaim that peace is the Divine Will for Earth. We wish to add our voice to the voices of the recent Holy Fathers, the world bishops, and other persons of good will who condemn the nuclear warfare. As citizens of the world, we urge all governments to work for the reduction and the elimination of nuclear arms from Earth. As citizens of the United States, we call upon our own government to work toward the elimination of all weapons of mass destruction, to refrain from developing a new generation of nuclear weapons and to cooperate with global efforts to keep outer space nuclear free.
Prayer, reflection, and study led us to understand that nuclear war is a real danger, that spending vast sums of money on arms is a cause of much of the suffering and poverty in the world, and that national and global security is not enhanced by nuclear weapons. Daily we come to see more clearly that all the inhabitants of Earth are loved by God, that no nation can claim superiority over the others, and that all people must find cooperative and nonviolent ways of settling disputes.
As persons of hope, we know that God is at work in humanity. We, therefore, challenge ourselves to cooperate with other concerned people to do what we can to promote disarmament. We will continue to educate ourselves and others about the facts of nuclear destruction and the Catholic Church’s positions on the dangers of nuclear warfare. We will pray and do penance, allowing the God of Peace to be present on Earth through us. We will use our talents and community resources toward the promotion of a peaceful and just world and will do what we can to promote the creation of the necessary world structures so that global conflict can be resolved through dialogue and negotiations.
Realizing that personal, national, and global security is found only in God, we place ourselves willingly in the Divine hands so that we may be instruments of peace on Earth. We call upon other people of faith and good will to join us.