Religion: Up on Arms

Catholic bishops debate nukes

At an oceanside retreat house in Spring Lake, N.J., five U.S. Roman Catholic bishops assembled last week to touch up a controversial document. According to Peter Steinfels, executive editor of the liberal Catholic journal Commonweal, the document is "the most serious effort the church has ever made, here, abroad, or in the Vatican, to come to grips with nuclear war." The five bishops, led by Joseph L. Bernardin, the new Archbishop of Chicago, spent a year taking testimony from 34 specialists ranging from outraged peace protesters to Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger. They then sent a 66-page first draft...

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