The Dominican Sisters of Hope believe that Social Justice is an integral part of our call as humans, as members of various religions, as Baptized Catholics, and as Dominican Religious Women. It is only through leading just lives that a better world is possible and the Reign of God.
Dominican Sisters of Hope choose at times to respond publicly to global concerns by taking a corporate stance. The issues are determined by the social teachings of the Church. The corporate stance is a statement of principle – the result of prayer, research, reflection, and discussion with possible means of implementation.
Since the Dominican Sisters of Hope beginnings in 1995, our Congregation has taken a corporate stance against the death penalty, genetically modified foods, human trafficking, nuclear weapons, immigration reform, and climate justice. We are committed to socially responsible investing and are members of the Tri-State Coalition for Responsible Investment. Our Corporate Stances are listed below. Click each to read the Stance in full.
For Global Abolition of Nuclear Weapons
We call upon the United States Government to lead the way for global abolition of nuclear weapons of mass destruction by adopting a plan to lock down, reduce, and eliminate nuclear weapons of mass destruction.
Against Human Trafficking
We stand in support of human rights by opposing the trafficking of all persons, especially women and children, for the purpose of sexual exploitation and forced labor.
For Moratorium on Genetically Engineered Crops
It behooves us to broaden the dialogue on food safety to include the ways in which transnational corporations and our own regulatory agencies need to take more responsibility for food safety.
On Climate Change
We believe that our present relationship with Earth and the resources provided by Earth are grievously imbalanced and harmful to the planet itself. The impact of human action stresses and overwhelms the self-sustaining, and self-correcting capacities of our environment, narrows bio-diversity, and threatens the capacity of Earth to support future generations.
On the Iraq War
We propose that the United States withdraw all its military troops and close its bases in Iraq as soon as is feasible. We support the development of an exit strategy for this withdrawal.