Religion: The Bishops Stand Firm

Roman Catholic leaders again criticize U.S. nuclear arms policy

The 365 Roman Catholic bishops of the U.S. will receive an anxiously awaited item in this week's post-Easter mail: the final revision of a proposed pastoral letter on nuclear arms. The controversial 140-page document accommodates some criticisms from conservatives in the U.S. and Catholics abroad, but it remains a sweeping critique of U.S. nuclear-deterrence strategy at the very time when President Reagan is caught up in a tense international struggle over the issue. Moreover, Joseph Cardinal Bernardin of Chicago, chairman of the drafting committee, informed fellow bishops in a confidential memo two weeks...

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