11 thoughts on “Archbishop Wester to release pastoral letter on Tuesday calling for nuclear disarmament

  1. This is welcome news. I join many other people of faith and good will who wish our resources be used for the development of better relations and support for humankind as well as all creation.

  2. Great news! let us pray and work for the USCCB to endorse this prophetic call ! Matthew 25:31f

  3. I applaud Archbishop Wester and welcome his courageous Pastoral Letter on disarmament. He is a man of peace, a leader whose integrity and holiness shine out in all of his statements and actions.

  4. I’m so proud to know and have worked for Archbishop Wester. We all need to continue working for the elimination of nuclear weapons.

  5. Archbishop Wester’s pastoral letter is most timely given the “Joint Statement of the Leaders of the Five Nuclear-Weapon States on Preventing Nuclear War and Avoiding Arms Races” https://www.transcend.org/tms/2022/01/joint-statement-of-the-leaders-of-the-five-nuclear-weapon-states-on-preventing-nuclear-war-and-avoiding-arms-races/ which attempt to justify their possession of nukes. My response to their statement was as follows:

    I am unimpressed by this statement of the nuclear powers. It has been 70 years since their first actual use by the USA against civilians, I might add. The world is on hair trigger alert as evidenced by the Bulletin of Atomic Scientist’s Doomsday Clock now sitting at 100 seconds, yes seconds, before midnight. https://thebulletin.org/2020/01/press-release-it-is-now-100-seconds-to-midnight/ Then President Trump said “What’s the good of nuclear weapons if you can’t use them” plus his abrogation of nuclear weapons treaties shows the likelihood of a doomsday scenario. Meanwhile the USA is engaged in a ten-year nuclear weapons buildup to the tune of $634 Billion including,so called mini-nukes for use in actual battlefield conditions. It is also quite clear that nukes are used offensively daily as the USA’s threatens their use by maintaining a “First Use” policy.

    It’s most interesting to note this statement by the leaders of these nuclear states includes “We believe strongly that the further spread of such weapons must be prevented.” This is such an obvious attempt to maintain their unique threat over the world community. If, as they claim having nukes is a defensive posture, why then wouldn’t other states seek such an assurance by developing nukes themselves. All of this is evidenced by the USA’s stand off with N. Korea and its attempts to quash the efforts of other states to acquire nukes.

    Clearly, the fact that these nuclear armed states found it necessary to make this statement proves the strength of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons which declares all nukes illegal. We must continue the pressure to stop this absolute madness.

  6. A shift of money away from nuclear armaments by each nuclear nation would help the most vulnerable within their borders and remove the cloud fear from the globe. We must continue both praying and acting in whatever way we can to clear our earthly home of nuclear weapons.

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