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Confederation of Latin-American and Caribbean Religious (CLAR)
“We listen to God wherever Life cries out”
XLIII Board of Directors Meeting
VIII Encounter of Secretaries of National Conferences
Port of Spain -Trinidad & Tobago, 4 April 2014
Message to the people of the Dominican Republic, local authorities and the International Community
On Denationalization in the Dominican Republic (DR)
At the meeting of the Board of the Confederation of Latin American and Caribbean Religious (CLAR) on 4 April 2014 and as representatives of the twenty-two National Conferences of Religious of Latin America and the Caribbean we share with the people of the DR and the international community our sorrow and our solidarity over the crisis being faced in the DR on account of the denationalization of so many of our sisters and brothers as a result of the Constitutional Court Ruling 168-13. Our vocation, which calls us to constantly hear the voice of God wherever Life cries out, to be beside all those who suffer any kind of exclusion, any violation of their human rights, any affront to their dignity, and any denial of their citizenship, now moves us to state our position, rooted in human and Gospel values
Because we hope that a solution can be achieved on a legal basis of respect for the rights of the weakest, and in keeping with to DR law, we are closely following the process initiated by President Danilo Medina, which has promoted a dialogue - consultation with various sectors of the country to seek consensus on a humanitarian and legal solution to this violation of fundamental rights.
As sons and daughters of the same Father, and therefore as sisters and brothers of each another, we pray to God, Father and Mother that measures be taken, once and for all, to overcome this violation of rights and at the same time, to address the rights and hopes of the descendants of immigrants, who in others of our countries as well, look forward to the good news of the actual implementation of fair and inclusive legislation. With humanitarian measure may the rights of the weak be protected, as willed by the God of life, revealed in Jesus of Nazareth, who came to defend the violated humanity of those who, in his own country, were regarded as foreigners, to restore their dignity in the generous act of gratuitous love, as exemplified by the parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10: 25-37). In the name of the God of life and His freely given love, a society cannot condemn to the margins a part of itself.
Inspired by the Gospel image of Home of Encounter (of Martha, Mary and Lazarus) at Bethany, Community of Love and Heart of Humanity, we have been particularly moved by the words and the gestures of Pope Francis. His great concern for the fate of migrants and their descendants comforts us. In a special way we make our own his message for the World Day of Migrants, 5 August 2013, as also his prophetic words:
” Today in many places we hear a call for greater security. But until exclusion and inequality in society and between peoples are reversed, it will be impossible to eliminate violence. The poor and the poorer peoples are accused of violence, yet without equal opportunities the different forms of aggression and conflict will find a fertile terrain for growth and eventually explode.
When a society – whether local, national or global – is willing to leave a part of itself on the fringes, no political programmes or resources spent on law enforcement or surveillance systems can indefinitely guarantee tranquillity.” (Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, 59).
The sisters and brothers directly impacted by this distressing situation can count on or solidarity in prayers to the God Lord, Father of all, who calls us to build fraternal and supportive communities.
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