Bishops call for end to nuclear weapons

A protest against nuclear weapons at the White House, 2016 (Bigstock)

Agencies of the US and European Catholic bishops have called for all nations to develop a plan to eliminate nuclear weapons from their military arsenals, CNS reports.

A joint declaration released yesterday by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Conference of European Justice and Peace Commissions called on the US and European nations to work with other nations to “map out a credible, verifiable and enforceable strategy for the total elimination of nuclear weapons.”

“The indiscriminate and disproportionate nature of nuclear weapons compel the world to move beyond nuclear deterrence,” the declaration said.

Titled “Nuclear Disarmament: Seeking Human Security,” the declaration was released ahead of today's conclusion of a second UN conference discussing a treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons altogether.

The declaration was signed by Bishop Oscar Cantu of Las Cruces, New Mexico, chairman of the USCCB Committee on International Justice and Peace, and Archbishop Jean-Claude Hollerich of Luxembourg, president of the Conference of European Justice and Peace Commissions.

“The teaching of our Church, from the catechism to St Pope John Paul II and Pope Francis, about the urgent need for nuclear disarmament is clear,” Bishop Cantu said in a statement accompanying the declaration’s release. “It is time for us to heed this moral imperative and promote human security both within the United States and Europe and globally.”

The US and most European nations have sat on the sidelines during the UN meetings discussing a weapons ban, preferring to focus on the need for broader security measures to allow for strategic stability on the road to verifiable reductions in nuclear arsenals. In all, about 40 nations are boycotting the negotiations to ban such weapons. Most nations continue to support the Non-Proliferation Treaty to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons and weapons technology.

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US, European bishops call for a plan to eliminate nuclear weapons (CNS)

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