Rafael and Sparkill Dominicans Affirm
Corporate Stand on Nuclear Disarmament
Emerging Nuclear Threats Draw New Concerns
and New Voices
11, 2006--- From one coast to the other, Dominicans are signing
on to a new effort against nuclear arms. The nuclear issue has gained
new urgency with the emergence of North Korea's recent nuclear testing.
Last summer, President Bush and Indian Prime Minister Singh announced
a plan to resume full civilian nuclear cooperation for the first
time since India improperly used U.S. nuclear material for its 1974
The Dominican Sisters, USA (Federation) has called on US congregations
to affirm a corporate stand against nuclear arms.
Recently and independently, Dominican Sisters
in San Rafael, CA and Sparkill, NY have made public corporate
statements that call upon the United States government to lead
the way for the global abolition of nuclear and all weapons of mass
destruction by adopting a plan to lock down, reduce, and eliminate
nuclear and all weapons of mass destruction.
The Sparkill Dominicans first spoke out on the issue
in 1980, the San Rafael Dominicans in 1969. Both communities see
this latest effort as an update of their policies that take into
account the recent world developments.
Although each community's wording is slightly different, each endorsed
the Federation statement.
Here is the Federation statement:
As women religious, the Dominican Sisters of [Sparkill
and San Rafael], believe all life including Earth itself to be sacred
and we stand witness to the triumph of life over death, love over
hatred and hope over fear. Humanity has lived in the shadow of nuclear
weapons for too long. Land itself has been desecrated' by nuclear
testing and dropping of bombs. Nuclear weapons and other weapons
of mass destruction continue to pose a threat to all life.
We believe that our country cannot
rightly seek to halt the spread of nuclear and other weapons of
mass destruction while at the same time maintaining our current
stockpile of weapons and developing new weapons capabilities.
We stand with scientists and military leaders who
believe that eliminating nuclear weapons will make our country and
world safer. The first step in making our world safer is to develop
a detailed plan to lock down, reduce, and eliminate nuclear and
all weapons of mass destruction.
The Dominican Sisters of [Sparkill] therefore, call
upon the United States government to lead the way for the global
abolition of nuclear and all weapons of mass destruction by adopting
a plan to lock down, reduce, and eliminate nuclear and all weapons
of mass destruction. We call for immediate development, adoption
and implementation of a plan that will ensure that there will be
no new nuclear weapons, no new materials for nuclear weapons, and
no testing of nuclear weapons. We will work will all people of goodwill
until there is no chance that a nuclear weapon or other weapon of
mass destruction can come into the hands of anyone wishing to do
Today’s Prayer (Sparkill)
You have given us life, intelligence and the
beauty of Creation, O Lord.
Your good gifts were given so we might be stewards of all that is
In our arrogance, we have unleashed fearful forces that destroy.
We have brought down fierce fire from the sky.
Your children have been burned, your gentle green earth scorched.
Fear rules us now, not Love; we have given in to evils, lesser and
In your mercy, help us turn from destruction, from the bombs and
Lead us to Life again, to affirmation of all goodness and to international
With your grace, may we begin to dismantle the bombs, beat the swords
And so transform the nuclear nightmare into the peace your have
Hear our prayer, Lord, and guide us in your ways. Amen.
The San Rafael Dominicans urged the US government to "change
the United States military policy to declare that nuclear weapons
are not legitimate as political instruments or weapons of war and
that this nation will never use nuclear weapons on a first strike