THREE THINGS YOU CAN DO NOW TO HELP RID THE WORLD OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS

Nuclear weapons pose a threat to all life on our planet. Even a limited nuclear exchange, e.g. between India and Pakistan, would have catastrophic effects, both regionally and globally.1 Here are three things you can do now to promote nuclear abolition:

  • Read the December 2014 statement of the Holy See, “Nuclear Disarmament: Time for Abolition,” and share it with your faith community and others. The statement makes a compelling case that the strategy of nuclear deterrence is no longer morally acceptable, and it declares, “Now is the time to affirm not only the immorality of the use of nuclear weapons, but the immorality of their possession, thereby clearing the road to nuclear abolition.”2

  • Endorse the Back from the Brink Campaign, supported by Pax Christi USA and many others. Urge your elected officials to enact its five commonsense reforms to U.S. nuclear policy:
    • Renounce the option of using nuclear weapons first; 
    • End the sole, unchecked authority of any U.S. president to launch a nuclear attack; 
    • Take U.S. nuclear weapons off hair-trigger alert; 
    • Cancel the $1.7 trillion plan to replace the entire U.S. nuclear arsenal with enhanced weapons; and, 
    • Actively pursue a verifiable agreement among nuclear-armed states to eliminate their nuclear arsenals.

  • Learn more about the Kings Bay 7 Plowshares activists—Mark Colville, Clare Grady, Martha Hennessy, Fr. Steve Kelly, SJ, Elizabeth McAlister, Patrick O’Neill, and Carmen Trotta—and contribute to their support fund. Money raised will be used to defer expenses related to their court case and to continue their work for nuclear disarmament.
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1Owen B. Toon, Charles G. Bardeen, Alan Robock, Lili Xia, Hans Kristensen, Matthew McKinzie, R. J.Peterson, Cheryl S. Harrison, Nicole S. Lovenduski, and Richard P. Turco, “Rapidly Expanding Nuclear Arsenals in Pakistan and India Portend Regional and Global Catastrophe,” Science Advances, Oct 2, 2019.

2See also the Nov. 10, 2017, Address of Pope Francis to Participants in the International Symposium, "Prospects for a World Free of Nuclear Weapons and for Integral Disarmament,” in which the Pope declares, “Nor can we fail to be genuinely concerned by the catastrophic humanitarian and environmental effects of any employment of nuclear devices. If we also take into account the risk of an accidental detonation as a result of error of any kind, the threat of their use, as well as their very possession, is to be firmly condemned” (emphasis added). The Pope recently reiterated these statements in his address on nuclear weapons, delivered in Nagasaki on Nov. 24, 2019 (“Peace and international stability are incompatible with attempts to build upon the fear of mutual destruction or the threat of total annihilation”), and his address to the Meeting for Peace in Hiroshima later that day (“The use of atomic energy for purposes of war is immoral, just as the possessing of nuclear weapons is immoral, as I already said two years ago. We will be judged on this”).


Signatories to the National Catholic Reporter ad:

Alabama: Mary’s House Catholic Worker, BirminghamBritish Columbia: Pamela Kemp • California: Margaret  Bowerman; Claire Broome, MD, Asst. Surgeon General USPHS (ret.); Stan  Fitzgerald; Wynd Sethe Kaufmyn; Fr. Tom Marti; John and Gloria McManus; Pax Christi Nothern California; Lorin Peters; Pierre Thompson; Mary Vivian Zelaya • Colorado: Gerald R. Gioglio, ofs • Connecticut: Edmund Mikolowsky • District of Columbia: Kathy Boylan; Marie Dennis; Franciscan Action Network; Carol Gilbert, OP; Art Laffin; Catherine Maresca; Brian McLauchlin; Dan Moriarty; Pax Christi Metro DC-Baltimore; Pax Christi USA; Ardeth Platte, OP; Jean Sammon; Michael Walli; Johnny Zokovitch, Executive Director, Pax Christi USA • Florida: Dr. Joseph Fahey, Pax Christi Ambassador of Peace; Nicholas O’Connor; Pax Christi Florida; World BEYOND War-Central Florida ChapterGeorgia: Fr. Bob Cushing; Joe and Mary Jean Goode • Illinois: Robert Bossie; Sr. Beatrice Hernandez, Wheaton Franciscan JPIC; Pax Christi IllinoisIowa: Sisters of Charity, BVM; Sisters of St. Francis, Clinton; Sisters of the Presentation, DubuqueKansas: Frank Coady • Louisiana: Fr. Louis Arceneaux, C.M.; Vic and Rose Hummert • Maine: Pax Christi Maine; Ursula and William Slavick • Maryland: Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests; Mary Julia Bailey; Marie Barry; Bethlehem Community SSND; Willa Bickham and Brendan Walsh; Mary Catherine Bunting; John and Suzanne Clark; Consistent Life Network;  Bob Cooke; Mari G. Craig; Francis DeBernardo; Diana Domingues; Sylvia  J. Eastman; Pat Elder, Civilian Exposure; Veronica Fellerath-Lowell;  Bill Lowell; Charles Frascati; Jeannine Gramick, SL; Kurt and Nancy  Hansen; Arthur Jones; Tony Langbehn; Eleanor V. Lewis, Ph.D.; Mary  Liston Liepold ofs; Joan MacDonnell; Charles Michaels, Coordinator, Pax  Christi Baltimore; Mission Helpers of the Sacred Heart; Bob Moore; Luann Mostello and Arthur Milholland; National Advocacy Center of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd; New Ways Ministry; Bro. Frank O’Donnell, SM; Courtney Petersen; Prevent Nuclear War Maryland;  Lisa Joan Reardon; Lin Romano and David Hoovler; Jeffrey M. Ross and  Suzanne M. Fontanesi; Mary Kate and David Ryner; Bill Salvatore and  Paula Sayers; Janice Sevre-Duszynska and Max Obuszewski; Karline K.  Tierney; Viva House Baltimore Catholic Worker; Dennis and Candy Warner • Massachusetts: Agape Community; Pat Ferrone; Kathy and Bill Hubert; Sue and JJ Malone; Prof. Robert Emmet Meagher; Michael J. Moran; Pax Christi Massachusetts; Robert Shine, Chair, Pax Christi USA National Council; St. Susanna Pax Christi, Dedham; Cornelia A. Sullivan • Michigan: Sr. Barbara Hansen, OP • Minnesota: Regina Birchem; Leona Wieland; John Wozniak • Missouri: Religious of the Sacred Heart, US-Canada ProvinceNevada: Las Vegas Catholic WorkerNew Jersey: New Jersey Chapter Maryknoll Affiliates; William F. Schulze; Sisters of Charity of Saint ElizabethNew York: John  Baum; Elizabeth Begley; Sr. Carol De Angelo, Director, Sisters of  Charity of NY Office of Peace, Justice, and Integrity of Creation; Dominican Sisters of Sparkill; James Fagan; Margaret A. Flanagan; Marie C. Flom; Friends of Franz and Ben (www.bensalmon.org); Mary Geraghty; John Gillen; Jack Gilroy; Hibakusha Stories/Youth Arts New York; Justice and Peace Resource Center, Binghamton; Kairos Peace Community, New York City; Edward Kubik; Anthony Marinelli; Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns; Mary E. Moore, SC; Rosemarie Pace; Pax Christi Maryknoll; Pax Christi Metro New York; Pax Christi Western New York; Rev. James Sheehan; Sisters of Charity of New York; Sisters of Christian Charity; Terence J. Taffe ofm Cap, MA, LMSW; Fr. Tim Taugher; Mary T. Yelenick; Julie and Sandy Zito • North Carolina: John B. Doherty, Ph.D. • Ohio: Drs. Thomas and Theresa Pretlow • Oregon: Fr. John Heagle; Jesuits West ProvincePennsylvania: Catholic Peace Fellowship, Pax Christi Affiliate; Mimi Darragh; Pittsburgh Area Pax Christi; Art Purcaro O.S.A.; Philip Reiss, member, Veterans For Peace; Fr. Bernard Survil, Diocese of Greensburg • Tennessee: Mary Dennis Lentsch, PBVM • Texas: Joan Rolf Dolan; Dominican Sisters of Houston; Kelly Epstein; Catherine Clubb Foley, Ph.D.; Joyce Hall, Dallas, TX; Luanne Miller; Pax Christi Dallas; Pax Christi AustinVirginia: Charles  Appel; Dessie Clarke; Nuala and Michael Cohen; Jo-Ann Duggan; Ken and  Kathy Fredgren; Brigid and Terry Hobbs; John Horejsi, SALT Coordinator;  Judith Kelly; Albert and Joan Kenneke; Verleah Brown Kosloske; Patricia  Levins; Jack and Karen McHale; James W. McMahon; Jason Miller; Robert  and Ann More; Anne Murphy; Mary Curry Narayan; Pax Christi St. John Neumann; Robert Stewart • Washington: Rodney Brunelle; Deacon Denny Duffell; Patrick Henry; Mary Helene and Nick Mele; Pax Christi Pacific Northwest; Pax Christi Seattle; Pax Christi Spokane; George W. Rodkey, Pax Christi Tahoma; Janet Salomone; Demetra Schwieger; Bob Zeigler • Wisconsin: Lois Durall; Br. Steve Herro, O. Praem.; Fr. Joe Mattern; Robert Mattice; James Murphy   [Note: Organizational signatories shown in italics.]