by Michael Swan, The Catholic Register

While Canada’s bishops have strongly backed Pope Francis on nuclear disarmament, Americans are unlikely to hear from their bishops anytime soon on what the U.S. should do with its 1,600 deployed nuclear warheads, the executive director of Pax Christi USA told The Catholic Register.

“The only thing that struck me (about the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops Sept. 25 ‘Statement on Nuclear Weapons’) was just the contrast with the fact that the U.S. bishops say nothing at all,” said Johnny Zokovitch. “I don’t think you are going to hear anything like that here in the United States.”

The CCCB’s 12-paragraph statement calls on Canada to sign the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and asks the Canadian government to use its seat at NATO to urge the alliance to back away from nuclear deterrence as a defence strategy. The Canadians are the first bishops’ conference to back up Pope Francis’ Nov. 10, 2017 statement on nuclear weapons.

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