Sisters ask Cardinal Dolan to reconsider his vocal support for President Trump

Guided by the Statement of Future Direction from our most recent congregational chapter, which calls us to work toward an inclusive church and society, the Congregational Leadership Team has sent a letter to Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York, asking him to reconsider his well-publicized praise and support of President Trump.

Letter to Cardinal Dolan

May 1, 2020


Timothy Cardinal Dolan
Archbishop of New York
452 Madison Ave
New York, New York, 10022

Dear Cardinal Dolan,

We write to you as the Congregational Leadership Team of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Carondelet. Aware that you shoulder great responsibility as the metropolitan of one of the largest archdioceses in the United States, we assure you that we remember you in each Eucharistic prayer when we ask God’s guidance for our Church leaders.

As your sisters in Christ, we also feel impelled to say that we are concerned about your unqualified praise of President Trump as demonstrated during your appearance on Fox News on April 26. We have read various reports and listened to your Fox interview, and we find ourselves very discomfited by your praise of his leadership.

This is not a political disagreement. We know that good and faithful people have very different political opinions, and that people in opposing camps can explain their positions on the basis of Gospel principles. But the current president of the United States is notorious for his consistent lying to the public and for poor judgment. His stances on immigration and migrants are directly opposed to what the USCCB espouses in documents like Welcoming the Stranger and recent pronouncements by Archbishop Gomez and Perez, and Bishops Tyson, Cantú, and Doronsville, among others. Instead of welcoming or even simply tolerating the “other,” our bishops themselves have said that the president sows “polarization and animosity.” Instead of offering moral leadership, he is a philanderer whose business activities like Trump University have taken advantage of the poor and vulnerable. The current president exemplifies much of what John the Baptist condemned in the ruler of his day—a prophetic task for which he lost his head but not his integrity.

The Congregational Center of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet is in your hometown, St. Louis. You may therefore be aware that we have served the People of God in the United States for 186 years. We are sure you know how we and other apostolic women religious built the educational, health, and social welfare institutions of the Catholic Church in the United States. We are faithful women of the Church. Because of that, we believe we must ask you to reexamine your public pronouncements in favor of a president whose verbal support of one or two religious causes is designed to create the impression that he supports Catholic values.

As your sisters, we ask you to reconsider your well-publicized praise and support of this president. It gives the impression that the Church itself stands with him. The scandals of the past few decades call us to a much higher standard. May God bless you with the wisdom and courage necessary to serve in these times.

Sincerely,

Congregational Leadership Team

 

CORRECTION: Cardinal Dolans remarks aired on April 27, not April 26.

   May 1st, 2020      Posted In: Congregation, Featured Stories, General, In The News, Justice


Snapshots in Time archives publication

Be sure to check out the second issue of a new quarterly publication from the Carondelet Consolidated Archive. “Snapshots in Time” features photos and artifacts from the CSJ archives. See any familiar faces?

As they are published, you’ll be able to find all of the issues on the Carondelet Consolidated Archive webpage on the congregational website.

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   March 18th, 2020      Posted In: Congregation, Featured Stories, In The News


Join us in reflecting on our Lenten journeys through artwork

This Lent, we’ll be sharing 40 works of art–most created by our own sisters and associates or found on our properties–on social media. Each day we’ll share a piece along with a brief reflection either from the artist or tying it to the day’s scripture readings. We hope you’ll comment on our posts/tweets and share them so they reach more people!

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Do you have a piece of artwork you’d like to suggest? Email Kim Westerman at csjcommunications@csjcarondelet.org.

   March 2nd, 2020      Posted In: Congregation, Featured Stories, In The News


Snapshots in Time publication

Be sure to check out the first issue of a new quarterly publication from the Carondelet Consolidated Archive. “Snapshots in Time” features photos and artifacts from the CSJ archives. See any familiar faces?

As they are published, you’ll be able to find all of the issues on the Carondelet Consolidated Archive webpage on the congregational website.

download the first issue

   February 12th, 2020      Posted In: Congregation, Featured Stories, In The News


As we begin 2020 faced with the United States’ targeted killing of Qasem Soleimani of Iran, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet are praying for peace and nonviolence, and we remain committed to promoting it in every way we can. The precipitating actions are complex, yet we fear escalating violence leads to more violence and indescribable suffering for our dear neighbors without distinction.

Pope Francis, in his 2020 World Day of Peace Message, shared that peace is “the object of our hope and the aspiration of the entire human family.” Our entire community is committed to Catholic social principles of peace and active nonviolence as a way of life. We turn to the God of peace and compassion to give us the strength and wisdom needed to be instruments for change and messengers of unity and reconciliation.

We invite all people of good will to contact their elected members of Congress to promote peace-building efforts with Iran and not an escalation towards war. We must join together in seeking ways to promote peace, to build a culture of nonviolence that begins with each and every one of us, and to pray together for peace and nonviolence especially at this time.

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   January 7th, 2020      Posted In: Congregation, Featured Stories, In The News, Justice