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IHM Leadership Endorsements and Public Statements
Below you will find the most recent endorsements by the IHM Leadership Council of organizational sign-on letters and position statements on issues that are important to the congregation.
Jan. 13, 2020
IHM Leadership Council Statement Regarding Military Escalation with Iran
The IHM Sisters’ Leadership Council joins other Catholics and people of faith around the world in condemning both the Trump Administration’s assassination of Qassem Soleimani and Iran’s retaliatory bombing of a United States military base in Iraq. As Pope John Paul II said, “War is always a defeat for humanity.” War with Iran would lead to unimaginable suffering for tens of thousands of Americans and Iranians alike, each made in the image of God.
We are relieved that there was no immediate military response from the Trump Administration. However, we recognize that such peace is tenuous. Threats, enactment of proposed economic sanctions and further erosion of the Iran nuclear agreement have the potential to reignite conflict at any moment. We must ensure that the cycle of retaliation is stopped and a path to lasting peace is pursued.
We urge both U.S. and Iranian leaders to step back from the brink of war. It is never too late to engage in diplomacy. We are encouraged that the U.S. House has exercised its authority by passing legislation that would prevent the president from launching a unilateral, unauthorized war against Iran. We urge the Senate to do the same.
Moreover, we urge all our leaders to follow the nonviolent example of Jesus, who instructs us to love our enemies as well as our neighbors and who said, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.”