Pax Christi USA has signed onto the following letter to Members of Congress asking them to choose diplomacy over sanctions in engaging Iran. We encourage you to add your name to the petition today.
To our elected officials:
As Catholics who love our country and believe in its power to promote peace and stability in the world, we urge you and your colleagues to oppose additional sanctions or take any other action at this time that could undermine the negotiation process with Iran over its nuclear program.
Pope Francis and the Vatican have made it clear: “The Holy See is firmly convinced that the present difficulties [in Iran] can and must be overcome through diplomatic channels, making use of all the means that diplomacy has at its disposal, and considers it necessary to overcome the various obstacles which impede mutual trust.”
Unfortunately, some in the Senate are seeking to immediately impose additional sanctions on Iran. This is an unacceptable approach that will only make the already narrow path towards peace all the more difficult.
Given the complex and difficult relationship our country has with Iran, it is important to take every step necessary to create an environment of mutual trust in order that all parties involved can work towards a solution that promotes authentic and sustaining peace.
We’re encouraged by the recent steps that the Administration has taken to engage the Iranian leadership and hope to see that process continue uninterrupted.
A peaceful resolution in Iran will require tremendous work and sustained negotiations over time. But make no mistake: these ends are much better achieved through the channels of dialogue than through newly imposed sanctions from Congress. Therefore, we encourage you and your colleagues to be patient and to avoid any measures that could threaten the prospects for a diplomatic solution that can advance peace and security in the region.