Shared Resolve

French bishops back deterrence

Nuclear weapons were also on the minds of France's Roman Catholic bishops last week. Meeting in Lourdes, the prelates took a searching look at the concept of nuclear deterrenceĀ—and came out roundly in favor of it. By a vote of 93 to 2, the bishops endorsed a 5,000-word document entitled Winning Peace, which declared among other things that "nuclear deterrence is still legitimate" and strongly disavowed the idea of unilateral disarmament by the West.

The firm French stand contrasted sharply with that of Roman Catholic bishops in the U.S., who last May called for a halt to the...

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