Build bridges, not walls

In keeping with our Corporate Commitment to work for sustainability and justice for all, especially women and children, and in being faithful to the Gospel of peace and justice we uphold and the Rule of Benedict that urges us to welcome all as Christ did, the Benedictine Sisters of Erie remain opposed to a border wall.

We object to the announcement of a national emergency that allows the transfer and irresponsible use of public funds to construct it. A border wall is unethical; it hurts people and damages the environment. The continued dehumanization of migrants, human beings in search of protection from violence and oppression, work and a better life is immoral.

We support building bridges that unite, rather than walls that divide—bridges paved in reverence and respect for all of God’s people, supported by principles of justice and equal rights for all, and painted with love and compassion.