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Bishops gather to discuss nuclear disarmament

June 02, 2016

Bishops from the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Austria, and France gathered recently in London for a colloquium on nuclear proliferation and disarmament.

Among the 40 prelates, scholars, and policy advisors in attendance were Paolo Conversi, an official of the Vatican’s Secretariat of State, and Fred Frederickson, the director of NATO’s nuclear policy directorate.

“We need to educate and empower new generations of Catholic leaders on the ethical and policy arguments for reducing and eliminating nuclear weapons,” said Bishop Oscar Cantú of Las Cruces, the chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace.

 
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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Jun. 03, 2016 1:36 AM ET USA

    I hope the bishops don't forget that self preservation is allowed in Catholic theology. In the 1980s I designed a wave propagation range to test the effects of atmospheric turbulence on EM warfare under the Strategic Defense Initiative. The purpose of this research was prompted by President Reagan's Arms Reduction Act. Contrary to Amy Carter's artistic rendering of all ICMBs being dumped in a garbage can, missile defense and other forms of nuclear interdiction are necessary for arms reduction.