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A Ministry of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate

United States Province

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Oblate Statements and Sign On Letters

The Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate and the Oblate JPIC Office issue statements on issues of concern to the congregation or sign onto letters to policymakers when these reflect our priorities as articulated in Catholic Social Teaching.

Please visit our Issue areas to learn more about Oblate positions and actions on social justice, economic justice, ecology (including Greening the Congregation), Faith Responsible Investing and Peace. The Resources section of our website has parish resources on a wide variety of issues.

Below are some of the positions taken by the Oblates and letters we have issued or signed onto recently:

Faith Responsible Investing

  • November 2016: Investor letter to ConAgra asking the company to respond to investor concern and questions on product safety, sustainability, labor safety and
  • December 2016: Investor letter to 7 major banks, encouraging continued support for a strong Consumer Finance Protection Bureau.
  • Investor letter to General Mills asking the company to respond to investor, Product Safety and Water management
  • Investor letter asking Wendy’s and Kroger to join CIW’s Fair Food Program
  • ICCR Shareholder Letter to CEO of PPG Industries on Toxic Emissions. Learn more…
  • Civil Society Groups Urge President Obama to Press for Greater Financial Regulation Learn more…
  • Oblates Urge SEC to Require Greater Disclosure of Boardroom Diversity. Learn more…
  • Stop Vulture Funds Bill Supported by Broad Array of Faith Groups and NGOs Learn more…
  • Socially Responsible Investors Call for Transition to a Low-Carbon, Socially Sustainable Economy. Learn more…

Immigration and Refugees

  • January 2017:Letter urging Congress not to repeal the Affordable Care Act without a replacement plan
  • Letter to President Trump urging him to protect DACA young immigrants
  •  Faith-based Organizations and Immigration Advocates Urge Senator Schumer to Ensure Fair Immigration Policy. Learn more…
  • April Action Alert: Support the Border Security and Responsibility Act of 2009. Learn more…
  • Cardinal George Calls for End to Immigration Raids. Learn more…

Human Trafficking

  • October 2016: Letter to Congress requesting support for the Trafficking Survivors Relief Act of 2016
  • Investor letter to targeted electronics companies, urging ethical recruiting practices

 Indigenous Peoples

  • Oblate parish priests from the Amazon region issued a statement titled, “Protecting and Respecting the Amazon, we protect the indigenous”Learn more…
  • Oblates Join Religious Coalition Calling for Investigation by US DOJ into use of Torture. Learn more…
  • Religious Statements Decry Endangerment of Tamil Civilians in Sri Lankan Civil WarLearn more…
  • Oblate JPIC Urges IMF Loan to Sri Lanka be Conditioned on Tangible Human Rights Progress.Learn more…

 Consistent Life

  • June 2016: Letter urging Congress to pass gun control laws
  • Advocated for the Conscience Protection Act of 2016: The Conscience Protection Act would protect health care providers from penalties and discrimination and uphold their right to refuse to perform or provide abortions. 

Extractives/Mining

  • Religious Working Group on Extractives Industries Letter to Senator Kerry expressing concern over the murders of Berta Caceres and Nelson Garcia in Honduras.
  • In June, 2015 a letter by faith-based organizations and religious communities addressed to Secretary of State, John Kerry, supporting a U.S. law to create more transparency in oil and mining payments to governments.

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