Remarks by Archbishop Francis Chullikatt
Kansas City, 1 July 2011, Courtesy of the Kansas City – St. Joseph Human Rights Office

Nuclear DisarmamentThank you, Bishop Finn, for the opportunity to join you in the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, and address a very critical question that has such particular relevance here. The “nuclear question” is at once complex and straightforward: what do we do with the Cold War legacy of thousands of the most destructive weapons humankind has ever created? For more than 60 years since the dawn of the nuclear age, the world, and particularly the Church, has grappled with the role of these weapons, their legality and the moral implications of their production, deployment and intended use.

What I would like to do here is to share how the development of the Church’s teachings have advanced over the years and what those teachings say to us today. I will then explore the current status of efforts to address these unique weapons and specifically, the position of the Holy See.

As you all are aware, new attention is being paid to the unresolved problem of 20,000 nuclear weapons located at 111 sites in 14 countries. More than half the population of the world lives in a nuclear-armed country. Each year, nations spend $100 billion on maintaining and modernizing their nuclear arsenals.

When we are talking about the nuclear disarmament, the principle of good faith is vital within international law. Essentially, good faith means abiding by agreements in a manner true to their purposes and working sincerely and cooperatively through negotiations to attain agreed objectives.

Therefore, the current modernization of nuclear forces and their technical infrastructure are contrary to such good faith because they make difficult or impossible a negotiated achievement of global nuclear disarmament…

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3 thoughts on “NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT: The Nuclear Question – the Church’s teachings and the current state of affairs

  1. This is a beautiful and wonderful speech. The problem with putting it out in bulletins, etc. is that it is way too long. Mr, and Mrs. Catholic sitting in the pew hardly read the bulletin, let along read something that is this long. It has been said that the reason that the mega churches are so successful is that they are written in a manner that a six-grader can easily read and understand them. Let us try to write to reach that level and still get our message across.

    1. Thanks Carol. That’s a good point about the length. I will forward your comment on to Peter Aloys and Dave Robinson to see if there are any plans in process for pulling out talking points or doing a short one-page summary, etc.

  2. I agree entirely with Carol. If I were to get something into my parish Bulletin the weekend of August 7, I would need something much more streamlined–even a one-page handout. Soon. And don’t forget a Spanish translation.

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