As the world remembers the 75th anniversary of the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Catholic Bishops’ Conferences of Scotland and England and Wales and issued a joint statement reiterating a desire to see the UK government disarm Trident.
The statement recalls the visit of Pope Francis to Hiroshima last year where he said “the use of atomic energy for purposes of war is immoral, just as the possession of atomic weapons is immoral”. This was the first time the Catholic Church had stated that the possession of nuclear weapons was also immoral, rather than just their use.
The cost of nuclear weapons should be measured not only in the lives destroyed through their use, but also the suffering of the poorest and most vulnerable people, who could have benefited were such vast sums of public money invested in the Common Good of society instead.
Statement on nuclear weapons from the Bishops of Scotland and England & Wales
Christian CND has been delighted that Catholic leaders in the UK including The Archbishops of Liverpool and Birmingham and the Bishops of Nottingham and Hallam have also signed the state we have been coordinating calling on the UK to disarm its nuclear weapons.
Pleaser join us as we thank God for this statement and join us as we pray that it would lead to many Catholics in Britain becoming involved in working and praying for a nuclear weapons-free world.