Nov 20 2017

POPE FRANCIS CONDEMNS POSSESSION OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS

 
Pope Francis, during a recent conference on nuclear disarmament, condemned the possession of nuclear weapons by ALL nations. This, in light of a U.S. commitment to spend $1 trillion to upgrade its nuclear arsenal, and the Trump regime’s dangerous talk threatening to use nuclear weapons against North Korea, is a welcomed wake up call to the entire Catholic Church, hierarchy, priests, and everyone in the pews, indeed, ALL people who believe in the way of peace. It is incumbent upon each of us to pressure the U.S. and other nuclear nations to heed Pope Francis’ admonition and fully endorse the U.N. Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. And pressure our bishops and priests to uphold and promote Pope Francis’ condemnation. NOW is the time for nuclear disarmament. Decades ago Fr. Richard McSorley, SJ, was absolutely correct when he emphatically stated: “It is a sin to build nuclear weapons.”

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An excerpt: “Pope Francis has openly denounced the continuing possession of nuclear weapons by various world governments, in what appears to be a departure from the Roman Catholic Church’s prior acceptance of the Cold War-era global system of nuclear deterrence and mutually assured destruction

In a talk Nov. 10 (2017) to participants in a high-profile Vatican conference on nuclear disarmament, the pope also seemed to indirectly criticize world leaders such as U.S. President Donald Trump, who has openly threatened nuclear war with North Korea over that country’s continuing development of nuclear arms.

Francis told the conference participants — who include the U.N. High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, NATO’s deputy secretary general, and 11 Nobel Peace Prize laureates — that humanity cannot fail ‘to be genuinely concerned by the catastrophic humanitarian and environmental effects of any employment of nuclear devices.’

‘If we also take into account the risk of an accidental detonation as a result of error of any kind, the threat of their use, as well as their very possession, is to be firmly condemned,’ he said.”

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