Monday, August 19, 2019


Cluny Sisters Call on President Trump to Stop All Divisive and Polarizing Rhetoric

I have recently returned from the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), National Assembly held in Scottsdale, Arizona. I support and affirm the Open Letter to President Trump by the 663 LCWR Members calling for him to end all divisive rhetoric and exercise the Moral Authority he holds as leader of our great nation.

The letter states in part, "We implore you to never use language that disrespects, dehumanizes, or demonizes others. We expect our president, and all who serve this nation as leaders, to be always mindful of the common good and the dignity of each and every person. You hold a position that has the potential to inspire the best of every one of us and we ask you to use this unique status to bring about healing and never seek to create division." Describing the practice we, as Catholic sisters, use to daily examine our own words and actions in light of our beliefs, we urge the president to adopt a similar practice in regards to use of his moral authority. 



For the Sake of the Common Good
Mr. President,
We live in a world increasingly marked by hatred, brutality, and violent conflict. We see our own country threatened by increasing disparities in economic, political, and social power. We are caught in a political culture paralyzed by ideological extremism and hyper-partisanship. These are times that require exceptional insight and courageous leadership.
In the face of these unprecedented challenges, we are outraged and heart-broken when our political leaders appeal to our basest instincts and stoke the fires of fear that threaten to tear the fabric of our nation apart. We cannot, we will not, let the voices of hatred and fear carry the day.
Mr. President, we beseech you to end all divisive and polarizing rhetoric. We implore you to never use language that disrespects, dehumanizes, or demonizes others. We expect our president, and all who serve this nation as leaders, to be always mindful of the common good and the dignity of each and every person. You hold a position that has the potential to inspire the best of every one of us and we ask you to use this unique status to bring about healing and never seek to create division.
Read the full text here.


Join us in urging Mr. Trump to be the Leader that our nation needs and demands at this very violent and divisive time in our history.

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