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Respect As the Foundation of Peace

Blog by Sr. Judy Morris, OP
Blog by Sr. Judy Morris, OP

As I drove to work one day, listening to NPR, I heard a story of how some reporters at ESPN learned they were fired. Their cell phones and computers were deactivated. A rather brutal way of saying, “Your services are no longer needed!” A few years ago five employees of the Diocese of Lexington were informed their jobs were being cut. Two of them received an email. Again, respect for the individuals was not considered. Continue reading →

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The Price of Secrecy

Blog by Sr. Judy Morris, OP
Blog by Sr. Judy Morris, OP

On a gray Monday morning I found myself seated in a waiting room of a Louisville judicial center – definitely not a typical Monday for me! This journey had its beginning a few weeks earlier at a meeting of PATH (Persons Against the Trafficking of Humans), a group of Sisters, Associates and concerned citizens in Louisville who are working to reduce human trafficking in the area. One of our members is a survivor of human trafficking. As a five-year old she was repeatedly sexually assaulted by her father and handed over to other men to rape. As often is the case, this is a story wrapped in secrecy. A powerful, intimidating father easily persuaded his daughter to keep his behavior secret.

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Always our Children

Carol Gaeke, OP
Blog by Sr. Carol Gaeke, OP

A couple of decades ago the US Bishops wrote a pastoral letter for parents of gay children. It was entitled Always Our Children.

In the flurry of US political conversations and polarization in this upcoming election season there seems to be a disconnect in how we talk about different categories of people in our country. As a nation we seem to make categories of people as “other” – as the undeserving, the illegal, the wrong color or sexual orientation, the wrong gender. Continue reading →

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Diplomacy or War?

Blog by Sr. Judy Morris, OP
Blog by Sr. Judy Morris, OP

After Secretary of State John Kerry announced an historic agreement to prevent Iran from creating a nuclear bomb, the airways heated up, unfortunately with more heat than light. This agreement represents many months of challenging, principled diplomacy with the United Kingdom, France, China, Russia, Germany and Iran. At every turn the key component was the demand that the US and allies would verify that Iran was reducing its nuclear stockpile. One could hear in the distance President Reagan’s voice, “Trust and then verify!”

While there is never a perfect agreement, my hope is that politicians on both sides of the aisle will read the agreement, noting the many strengths and choose diplomacy. The strengths are many:
-International inspectors will monitor Iran’s nuclear program at every single stage.
-It would increase the time it would take Iran to acquire enough material for one bomb from 2-3
months to at least 1 year.
-It would reduce Iran’s stockpile of enriched uranium.
-The agreement would prevent Iran from producing weapons grade plutonium.
-Iran’s nuclear activities would be tracked with robust transparency and inspections.

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Amnesty International and the Commercial Sex Industry

Blog by Sr. Judy Morris, OP
Blog by Sr. Judy Morris, OP

For many years Amnesty International has been a beacon of hope in their work to inform the world about torture and violence in many forms. I have been a donor for several years, but am putting future donations on hold prior to their international meeting in August, when they will vote to decriminalize prostitution. If passed, this would legitimize the sexual exploitation of hundreds of thousands of women. This cringe-worthy policy recommendation endorses the decriminalization of pimping, brothels and purchasing of sex. Continue reading →

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