USA: Pax Christi International member organisations in US ask Congress to face its moral crisis


23/1/19 - WASHINGTON, DC—On the occasion of Martin Luther King Day on January 21, a group of national and international Catholic justice and peace organisations delivered a joint statement to Congress, entitled "Facing the Moral Crisis: A Catholic Offer of Wisdom and Courage to Congress" which calls on Members to courageously take the first steps to end the political polarisation that the group says is eroding democracy in the United States.

"Inspired by Dr. King, we declare that this is a moment of moral crisis in the United States," the statement reads. "The habit of inflicting suffering on some for the supposed benefit of others is all too common in both our political discourse and policies today."

The full statement can be found online at

Speaking in one voice, the eleven Catholic organisations affirm the shared responsibilities and hopes of "faithful Catholics and citizens of every faith and humanitarian tradition" that can empower Members of Congress to turn away from division and political polarisation and respond to the urgent concerns of our time.

The signatories on the statement delivered to Congress on January 18 include Pax Christi International and our member organisations:

  • Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach   
  • Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns   
  • Pax Christi USA
  • Sisters of Mercy of the Americas Institute Justice Team 


USA, Pax Christi USA. Congress, Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns, Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach, Sisters of Mercy of the Americas