View from the choir

I am a Catholic layperson and Secular Franciscan with a sense of humor. After years in the back pew watching, I have moved into the choir. It's nice to see faces instead of the backs of heads. But I still maintain God has a sense of humor - and that we are created in God's image.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Life marches on

Vatican adviser: Catholic moral tolerance of nuclear deterrence over

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The Vatican's "strictly conditioned" acceptance of U.S. nuclear deterrence policy since the 1980s appears to be over, a Vatican adviser said Nov. 11.

Former Canadian Sen. Douglas Roche, special adviser to the Holy See's Permanent Observer Mission to the United Nations, made that observation at an international gathering of American war and peace thinkers in Washington sponsored by three U.S. Catholic organizations.

Roche said he believes the Vatican now rejects nuclear deterrence completely in light of decisions by the U.S. and other nuclear powers to make nuclear deterrence -- and possible war use of such weapons -- a permanent part of their defense policies. He said this is in direct violation of the strict condition posed by the Vatican 23 years ago when it accepted deterrence only as a temporary step on the road to nuclear disarmament.

Roche was one of 19 speakers at an unusual Catholic colloquium at Georgetown University on just war in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States and the subsequent U.S. attacks on Afghanistan and Iraq.

Let's see. Abortion is increasingly under attack. The bishops are pushing the Church's opposition to the death penalty. And now nuclear weapons are getting attention.

It's good to be consistent life.


Blogger Talmida said...

This is nice to see! I know Doug Roche, and was at school with his kids.


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