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Let’s Not Forget About Nuclear Disarmament

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Gerard Powers - published on 10/01/14

This project was launched in April of this year with a colloquium for bishops, scholars, and students at Stanford’s Hoover Institution that was hosted by former Secretary of State George Shultz and former Secretary of Defense William Perry. A symposium on the ethics of nuclear disarmament is taking place this week at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. That will be followed by public events at Catholic universities around the country, as well as by a concerted effort to publish scholarly articles.  At the same time, we will work with Global Zero groups on college campuses to catalyze greater engagement in this issue by young people.

Strengthening the Church’s capacity to support and engage in the policy debate on nuclear disarmament will require expanding the number of bishops and Catholic ethicists and teachers who are well-versed on the moral and policy issues at stake. It will require the development of a sophisticated body of scholarly reflection on the ethics of non-proliferation and disarmament that is comparable to what was produced during the Cold War. It will also mean encouraging greater public engagement on these issues, particularly among young people.  This multi-faceted approach will help empower a core group of Catholic bishops, ethicists, opinion makers, and youth leaders who will be well placed to make a distinctive contribution to the ethical and policy debate on nuclear disarmament.

For further information:

Archbishop Antoine Camilleri address to IAEA, September 22, 2014:http://aleteia-imported-en.vip.hmn.md/2014/09/23/holy-see-calls-for-a-world-free-of-nuclear-weapons/

Press release on Stanford colloquium, April 28, 2014:http://www.usccb.org/news/2014/14-070.cfm

Press release on statement by Rev. John Jenkins, CSC. President, University of Notre Dame, April 28, 2014
http://news.nd.edu/news/48001-bishops-notre-dame-and-other-universities-encouraged-by-schultz-perry-and-nunn-commit-to-revitalizing-catholic-engagement-on-nuclear-disarmament/

Essays on Catholics, Universities and the Nuclear Threat in Peace Policy, May 2014: http://t.e2ma.net/message/ssm0h/c480k

Gerard Powersis Professor of the Practice of Catholic Peacebuilding at the Kroc Institute, University of Notre Dame. He coordinates the Catholic Peacebuilding Network, linking scholars with Catholic leaders from war-torn countries. Powers specializes in the ethics of the use of force, the role of religion in conflict and peacebuilding, and religion, ethics and U.S. foreign policy. This article reprinted with permission from Arc of the Universe.

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