Challenge Grant: Our Boosters will match donations up to $45,000. We have $38,935 to go. Please donate!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Former Cabinet members host Catholic colloquium on nuclear disarmament

Catholic World News - April 30, 2014

Former Secretary of State George Shultz and former Secretary of Defense William Perry hosted a recent Colloquium on Revitalizing Catholic Engagement on Nuclear Disarmament at Stanford University.

“This off-the-record event brought together 40 bishops, policy specialists, Catholic scholars, and young professionals and students to explore policy and moral challenges involved in moving toward a world without nuclear weapons,” according to a press release from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). “The colloquium was the kick-off of a larger project intended to empower a new generation of Catholic bishops, scholars, professionals and students to address the ethical and policy challenges of reducing and eliminating nuclear weapons.”

Bishop Richard Pates of Des Moines, the chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on International Justice and Peace, and Father John Jenkins, the president of the University of Notre Dame, were co-conveners of the colloquium.

“The bishops have made the moral case for ultimate nuclear disarmament; Shultz, Perry, [Henry] Kissinger and [Sam] Nunn have made the case for disarmament as a policy goal, a goal embraced by the US and Russian governments,” said Bishop Pates. “My hope is that this colloquium will be the beginning of a process to invigorate and refine the voice of the US Catholic community in the debate on nuclear nonproliferation and disarmament.”

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($126,428 to go):
$150,000.00 $23,571.70
84% 16%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 1 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: filioque - Apr. 30, 2014 9:42 PM ET USA

    This is irresponsibility amounting to criminal negligence. What are these people thinking? It's just like gun control writ large: the good guys give up their weapons and guess what the bad guys do. Making a simple atomic bomb is way too easy for us to suppose that no rogue state would ever do it. It is a misjudgment that has to happen only once to have terrible consequences. Given the true state of affairs, creditable deterrence is the only option.

Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

The Synod: It's a Wrap! 3 hours ago
A chaotic synod? Not in its results 4 hours ago
Cardinal Kasper's unsubtle threat 10 hours ago
When Catholics are less Catholic than non-Catholics October 20
Cardinal Kasper's nose is growing again October 18

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Key synod report calls for 'gradualism' in Church response to irregular family situations CWN - October 13
As synod concludes, bishops issue message, approve document; Pope weighs in CWN - October 20
Cardinal Parolin: UN must protect innocents from Islamic State CWN - September 30
Synod of Bishops opens with Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica CWN - October 6