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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.”

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  • 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.

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