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Statement of General Council of Adrian Dominican Sisters Calling for Removal of President Trump from Office

January 8, 2021, Adrian, MichiganThe General Council of the Adrian Dominican Sisters issued the following statement in response to President Donald Trump’s incitement of his followers to violence at the U.S. Capitol:

As leaders of a Catholic congregation of more than 500 Dominican Sisters whose lives are committed through public vows to following the Way of Jesus, our involvement in the political discourse of our nation has always been focused on advancing the common good of God’s people and planet through issue advocacy, aligned with our Gospel values. 

Today, with heavy hearts, we depart from our accustomed role of issue advocacy to take the unprecedented step of adding our voice, as religious leaders, to those of others in the civic life of our nation who call for the immediate removal of the sitting President of the United States.

The alarming, heart-sickening and treacherous insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on January 6 not only endangered our elected leaders and their staffs but also held hostage our democratic process of ratifying the election of the President of the United States. The attack on the Capitol left five persons dead and caused grave injury to others. Carried out by Confederate-flag waving white supremacists, conspiracy theorists, and anti-Semitic extremists, among others, the riot was incited by President Donald J. Trump who exhorted his supporters at a rally near the White House to march to the Capitol, crying, “You will never take back our country with weakness.”  

Rev. Bryan N. Massingale, a Black Catholic priest and professor of theological and social ethics at Fordham University, characterized the insurrection as “a racist attack on the nation’s capital” in a January 6 opinion piece in America bearing that title. He wrote:

We cannot feign surprise, because for years, the core of Mr. Trump’s appeal has been stoking white resentment at the changing face of America. What we saw today is a clear declaration that many white people would rather live in a white dictatorship than in a multiracial democracy. If democracy means sharing power with people of color, especially Black people, then they want no part of it. Today is the inevitable consequence of the nation’s tolerance of white racism.

The insurrectionists who subjected the Capitol and the nation to this harrowing assault must be sought out, apprehended and prosecuted to the full extent of the law. And the President who incited this insurrection must be held accountable for his seditious acts. But, as Rev. Massingale added: 

… Trump is not solely responsible for this debacle. Here is where the wisdom of the Catholic moral tradition is achingly relevant. St. Thomas Aquinas teaches that one shares in the evil of another “by omitting the counsel that would have hindered the wrongdoing” and by “silence, by not preventing, by not denouncing.”

After prayerful discernment, we feel compelled to call on our elected leaders – Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow and Representative Tim Walberg, in particular – to act to remove President Trump from office, as the constitution provides, preventing him, at once, from any further exercise of the fearsome powers he holds. 

Our nation must make clear to all present and future elected leaders, to our children and generations to come, and to the rest of the world that no person is above the law; that ours is a nation of liberty and justice for all, not only “for those who are white and angry,” as Rev. Massingale writes. Impunity must end.

We pray for the renewal of our democracy and its foundational nonpartisan values of freedom, equality, and justice for all. We pray that the deep love of family and friends we each hold in our hearts will enkindle a wider love of neighbor that stretches across all divides – political, social, racial – beckoning us to act for the common good of all God’s people.

Members of the Adrian Dominican Sisters’ General Council are Sisters Patricia Siemen, OP, Prioress; Mary Margaret Pachucki, OP, Vicaress and General Councilor; Frances Nadolny, OP, Administrator and General Councilor; Patricia Harvat, OP, General Councilor; and Elise D. García, OP, General Councilor. 

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Avatar  Joseph Harvey 5 days agoReply

My profound thanks to the Adrian Sisters for your bold and beautifully articulate statement regarding President Trump and the need for our country to turn this horrific page.
I was educated by the Tacoma Dominicans for which I will always be indebted and grateful. The leadership and example of the Northwest women religious fills my heart and soul.
I applaud you for your wisdom in truth and justice always.
Joseph Harvey

Avatar  Rachel Kelly last weekReply

I sincerely applaud your actions in taking your message of love and truth public.

Love wins over hate!

Rachel Kelly

Avatar  Anita Scarola last weekReply

Excellent letter. I stand wholly with what you said. This act of insurgence cannot be tolerated . It does not reflect our precious Democracy. Trump should not spend another day as the president of our beloved United States of America.

Avatar  Janice Reid last weekReply

I am so proud to have been educated by the Adrian Dominican nuns. Thank you for standing up for justice for people of color. White supremacy is a slippery slope and not conducive to a truly open-hearted spiritual life. I am encouraged by your action.

Avatar  Janice Reid last weekReply

I am so proud to have been educated by the Adrian Dominican nuns. Thank you for standing up for justice for people of color. White supremacy is a slippery slope and not conducive to a truly open-hearted spiritual life. I am encouraged by your action.

Avatar  1Z5R74F40303408807 last weekReply


thank you -- Sisters --

well thought out--- and very well stated !

MKH

Avatar  mary jo szlaga last weekReply

Proud of the Dominicans.

Avatar  Pauline Bailey last weekReply

We are very proud of your leadership action. We so need Catholic voices like this. I do not expect the same kind of courage and moral clarity from our bishops, unfortunately.

Pauline Bailey, Detroit DHS 1966

Avatar  Pauline Bailey last weekReply

We are very proud of your leadership action. We so need Catholic voices like this. I do not expect the same kind of courage and moral clarity from our bishops, unfortunately.

Pauline Bailey, Detroit DHS 1966

Avatar  Jeanne Schwendinger last weekReply

What sad sad days these are, and have been for some time now.
Over and over again a President has chosen to spew hatred in America and chooses to bully anyone who dares to hold a very different view of whose voices matter. All humans, all creation and the total cosmos gift us with diversity, beauty and goodness. No one can destroy that TRUTH, and no one is superior to another. Attempts to brainwash people to alternative views over and over again, or to assume power over others is sinful and despicable. We have a 'President' who violates every notion of respect and dignity all people have a God given right too. It is beyond time to remove this 'President ' before even greater evils are imposed upon our world.

Avatar  Laurie Lentz last weekReply

Good for you Sisters!
I believe all people, from all walks of life, should be responding to this call to action! Now is explicitly the time!
Thank you for taking the time to do this.
Laurie

Avatar  Marilyn Hagedorn last weekReply

We are so grateful to LCWR and the number of individual congregations who are speaking publicly at this crossroad in our nation's history. This is a time for all people to lift up, once again, the values on which our democratic republic was founded: that we are ALL created equal. Truth and civility matter! We will not follow leaders who promote division, lies and violence.
We choose good over evil, love over hate, the common good over self interest. Thank you, Dominican Sisters and Leadership Conference of Women Religious!



 

 

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