Press Release: On the Feast Day of St. Clare, Franciscans Ask If Politicians Have Lost the Ability to be Civil
What Would the Patron Saint of Television Think of the Current Political Discourse?
Washington, D.C.—Today, as Franciscans around the world celebrate the Feast of St. Clare, the patron Saint of Television, the Franciscan Action Network (FAN) is left shaking our heads at the recent divisive and incendiary political discourse that has seemingly become a regular occurrence on the nightly news. No matter what one’s political persuasion may be, we must all agree as Americans that there is no place in our political discourse that includes calls for violence or demonizing the other. Current rhetoric suggesting violence has no place in our society.
“Despite what we see on the news, the other big story on TV, the Olympics, is a reminder of what can be achieved through peace and goodwill,” said Sr. Marie Lucey, FAN Director of Advocacy, “Each of us has a shared common humanity, and our politicians must remember that we need to work together for the common good.”
FAN calls on like-minded individuals to speak out. Recently, 5,617 women religious signed a letter from the Leadership Conference of Women Religious calling for civil discourse, a good example of people of faith taking action to promote common human decency. Franciscans and Franciscan hearted individuals are encouraged to sign onto the FRANCIS Pledge on our website.
Inspired by the Gospel of Jesus, and the example of Saints Francis and Clare, the Franciscan Action Network (FAN) is a collective Franciscan voice seeking to transform United States public policy related to peace making, care for creation, poverty, and human rights. For more information: https://franciscanaction.org/