Religion: Battling the Bomb in Church

Nuclear pacifists question the "just war "theory

In successive days, scientists sent by the Vatican met directly with President Reagan, France's Francois Mitterrand, Britain's Margaret Thatcher and, extraordinarily, the Soviet Union's Leonid Brezhnev. Carefully designed to reimpress the world's leaders with the horrific biological results of nuclear war, the mission was one more indication of the new urgency that Pope John Paul II attaches to battling the nuclear threat.

The Pope is far from alone among church leaders. Lutheran, Calvinist and Roman Catholic clergy were among the early organizers of Europe's widespread antinuclear...

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