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Peace & Justice Committee Mission Statement

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Kansas City Province Corporate Stances

Motivated by the Blood of Christ and called to be ministers of reconciliation, the Society of the Precious Blood, Kansas City Province, reaffirms its belief in the sacredness of life and thereby takes this position that capital punishment is wrong. To put these words into action, we encourage our priests, brothers and companions of the Society of the Precious Blood to engage in activities which will end the death penalty in those states where it is still used and to work toward the goal of ending this type of sentence in our nation. Whenever and wherever it is deemed appropriate, we encourage our members to preach justice and mercy on behalf of the victim and perpetrator of such horrendous crimes.

As Missionaries and Companions of the Precious Blood – Kansas City Province, we are compelled by our charisms of reconciliation, hospitality and ministry of the Word for the renewal of the Church. We are motivated by the Gospel message (“For I was a stranger and you welcomed me”, Mt. 25:35) and inspired by our founder, St. Gaspar (“Please, I urge you not to abandon the poor who are the image of Jesus Christ”). We remember that we are a nation of immigrants. In light of these roots and our commitment to social justice, we affirm the rights of all immigrants to be treated with dignity and respect. We call on all government leaders to work together to establish compassionate and comprehensive immigration reform legislation. This legislation should:

  • Provide a timely path to legal status for undocumented persons in the country
  • Preserve family unity as a cornerstone for our national immigration system
  • Provide for just and legal paths for immigrant laborers to come and work in the U.S.
  • Restore due process protections to our immigration enforcement policies
  • Address the root causes of migration within sending countries and explore long-term solutions

We empower the Justice and Peace Committee to develop an action plan for the congregation to implement the core beliefs expressed in our stance.

Motivated by the Blood of Christ and called to be ministers of reconciliation, we, the Missionaries and Companions of the Precious Blood, Kansas City Province, affirm our belief in the sacredness of life. Present laws making it possible for uncontrolled and unlimited access to weapons and ammunition of any amount and any type do not foster a culture of life. Local, state and national legislators must pass reasonable laws which will curb the culture of violence tearing apart the fabric of our nation. The “cry of the Blood”(Genesis 4:1 0) demands we do no less. We come together to confront evil manifested by the culture of violence.

Bonded in charity, we seek to create a safe environment for our children by promoting a culture of life and peace. We advocate for measures that reflect our

founder, St. Gaspar’s message, “try to make every effort to bring everything to a peaceful solution.” Therefore, we will encourage and support the following measures to ensure that reasonable steps are taken to keep weapons out of the hands of those who seek to harm others:

  • Require background checks on all gun purchases
  • Enforcement of gun trafficking laws
  • Pass laws banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines
  • Pass laws to fund violence prevention programs
  • Do not support any measures increasing armed guards in schools

Make gun safety education necessary for owning a gun

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