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Scotland’s bishops call for ‘courageous steps’ toward nuclear disarmament

July 12, 2016

As lawmakers in the United Kingdom prepare to debate the future of the nation’s submarine missile fleet, Scotland’s bishops called upon Parliament to take “decisive and courageous steps” toward nuclear disarmament.

The bishops said in their statement, distributed to media on July 12, that they have “for a long time pointed out the immorality of the use of strategic nuclear weapons due to the indiscriminate destruction of innocent human life that their use would cause.”

The bishops added:

The renewal of Trident is questioned not just by those concerned with the morality of nuclear weapons themselves but also by those concerned about the use of scarce financial resources. Lives are being lost now because money that could be spent on the needy and the poor is tied up in nuclear arsenals. We endorse the words of Pope Francis: “Spending on nuclear weapons squanders the wealth of nations.”

 
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