Church Statements on nuclear weapons

Extracts from many made in the last few years:

 The Church of England voted against Trident  (Synod Resolution GS 1644, 2007)

Pope Benedict XVI:  “The truth of peace requires that all – whether those governments which openly or secretly possess nuclear arms, or those planning to acquire them …strive for a progressive and concerted nuclear disarmament. The resources which would be saved could then be employed in projects of development capable of benefiting all their people, especially the poor.”

Baptist, Methodist and United Reformed Church leaders: “Our churches urge the British Government to work tirelessly to rid the world of weapons of mass destruction … Replacing Trident would send the wrong message to aspiring nuclear powers. … Replacing Trident with a new system with a potential lifespan to 2050 flies in the face of commitments that the UK has made under the Non-Proliferation Treaty.”

In Wales, all the bishops of the Church in Wales, all the Welsh RC bishops, the leaders of the Presbyterian Church of Wales, the Baptist Church, the Methodist Church, the United Reformed Church, the Union of Welsh Independent Churches and the Religious Society of Friends: “We believe the proposal to spend £25bn on replacement of the Trident system is a denial of out Treaty obligations and an encouragement to more non-nuclear states to develop their own weapons.”

The Moderator of the Church of Scotland and Cardinal Keith O’Brien’s joint statement to the 2007 Non-Proliferation Treaty Meeting: “This planned renewal of Trident is contrary to international law and opposed by the majority of people in Scotland –is contrary to the objectives of the NPT –is contrary to the teachings of all the world’s faiths. We are deeply concerned.”

More extracts are in ‘Nuclear weapons – What can Christians do?’ a guide for the Churches obtainable from the Christian Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, ccnd@gn.apc.org

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The campaign also has statements from His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Rabbi David Saperstein, Dr. Muzzami H. Siddiqi, and from Pope John Paul II.