We say: It is imperative that we and other Catholics amplify the case the Vatican is clearly articulating and condemn U.S. nuclear policy.
Nuclear weapons' destructiveness seems to cloud adequate moral responses. From the vantage of the faith-based, these weapons have raised monumental moral issues.
The mood at the monthlong talks being held in New York is somber. Few expect breakthroughs, and without a breakthrough, serious disarmament is in doubt.
Though the United States may have taken the lead in the international diplomatic initiative against Iran's nuclear program, the Obama administration has also taken the lead in undermining the United Nations' efforts to promote nuclear arms control and disarmament elsewhere.
While Vatican officials are busy working with other religious groups in formulating a collective message on nuclear disarmament, no-nukes activists are looking for ways to influence the actions of their faith leaders.
Vatican officials traveled to Vienna for the third international conference to examine the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons Dec. 8-9 and delivered a message from Pope Francis calling for nations with nuclear arsenals to find a way to rid themselves, and the world, of these kinds of arms.
Pope Francis did not travel to Vienna for two high-profile nuclear disarmament conferences, but his name was called out frequently during the events.
The meetings began with discussions of areas of commonality between Catholicism and Islam and concluded with a commitment to issue a joint statement.
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