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Evangelicals join US bishops in calling for approval of nuclear weapons treaty

Catholic World News - December 07, 2010

The National Association of Evangelicals is joining with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) in calling for “immediate and bipartisan action” to ratify the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, which was signed by President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on April 8.

“The Church’s concern for nuclear weapons grows out of its commitment to the sanctity of human life,” said Bishop Howard Hubbard of Albany, chairman of the USCCB Committee on International Justice and Peace, in a recent letter to senators. “This commitment led to the development of just war criteria, including the principles of discrimination and proportionality. Nuclear weapons are a grave threat to human life and dignity. Nuclear war is rejected in Church teaching because the use of nuclear weapons cannot ensure noncombatant immunity and their destructive potential and lingering radiation cannot be meaningfully proportionate.”

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  • Posted by: annemarie - Dec. 07, 2010 11:42 PM ET USA

    The USCCB is on the wrong side of virtually every issue. The START treaty is bad legislation that is bad for the USA’s national security. Russia has moved nukes closer to our NATO allies (WSJ), the Obama administration killed missile defense in Poland to appease Russia (NYT). Are we to believe that Russia AND countries not covered by this agreement will disarm? I believe that the USCCB has lost all credibility. This weak-kneed, PC group should be disbanded – it does more harm than good.

  • Posted by: impossible - Dec. 07, 2010 10:29 PM ET USA

    Instead of preaching about secular things they know nothing or too little about - DREAM ACT, Arms Treaties and Health Care, the USCCB should confine itself to assisting its members with honest, non-partisan, faithfully orthodox Catholic teachings. Speaking of partisanship, they should stop carrying water for the Democrat liberals via misleading Faithful Citizenship documents every four years and disband their "community organizer" branch, namely the CCHD.

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