The CSJ Justice Commission recently affirmed our public support of this legislation together with a growing number of other national organizations including: Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice, Franciscan Action Network, and the Jesuit Conference Office of Justice and Ecology, to name just a few. In addition, the CSJ Justice Commission released the below statement of Public Support for the “Truth & Healing Commission on Indian Boarding School Policy in the U.S. Act.”
We, the Justice Commission of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet and Consociates, St. Paul Province, publicly support the Federal bi-partisan “Truth & Healing Commission on Indian Boarding School Policy in the U.S. Act.”
Compelled by our Charism, “Moving always toward the profound love of God and love of neighbor without distinction,” the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, St. Paul Province, and Consociates reaffirm our commitment to justice, nonviolence, unifying love and solidarity with our American Indian sisters and brothers.
We commit to deep listening, relationship building and deepening our personal and institutional awareness of the complex history of colonialism, genocide, broken treaties and boarding school practices in which the Catholic Church, associated communities including our own, and Christian missionaries may have been complicit. We take this opportunity to express our grief for this history and its ongoing effects while seeking to support the generations of American Indian individuals, families and communities impacted by historical injustices due to the federal Indian Boarding School policy.