Religion: The Bishops vs. the Bomb

Catholic leaders sharply criticize U.S. nuclear arms policy

The meaning of this moment is not about weapons systems, megatonnage or complicated treaties. [It] resides in the vivid awareness people have of the danger of our times and the public determination that governments be challenged to take decisive steps against the nuclear threat." So declared Joseph Cardinal Bernardin as 262 Roman Catholic bishops of the U.S. last week met in Bernardin's Chicago to debate a 44,000-word pastoral letter on the morality of nuclear arms policy. After two days of discussion, the bishops endorsed by a...

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