Policy Engagement


Perspectives for a World Free from Nuclear Weapons and for Integral Disarmament 

The Vatican, November 10-11, 2017

The Vatican hosted a conference to address to complete elimination of nuclear weapons.  Present at the conference were 11 Nobel laureates, U.N. and NATO officials, and several nuclear powers.  Also in attendance were faculty and students from Catholic University, Georgetown University, and University of Notre Dame.  The purpose of the conference was to build consensus and support for a change in strategy from nuclear deterrence to complete nuclear disarmament.

 

Transcript of address by Pope Francis

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Colloquium on US-European Approaches to Nuclear Disarmament 

House of Lords and University of Notre Dame Global Gateway, London, UK, May 24-25, 2016

Catholic scholars, 40 Bishops, and policy experts from nine countries met in London to determine the primary issues to be addressed in order to build the conditions necessary for a world free of nuclear weapons.  Theological and moral issues and policy issues on which religious leaders and ethicists have a comparative advantage or can make a distinctive contribution were examined.  

This event was sponsored by the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies; the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales; Deutsche Bischofskonferenz; Justice et Paix, Conférence des évêques de France; the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Office of International Justice and Peace; Institut für Theologie und Frieden; the Catholic Peacebuilding Network; Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs; and the Nuclear Threat Initiative.  It was hosted by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, the Rt. Hon. the Lord Browne of Ladyton and The Rt. Hon. the Lord McFall of Alcluith, and the University of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and London Global Gateway.

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"The Pope and the Bomb: New Nuclear Dangers and Moral Dilemmas" 

Washington, D.C., September 17, 2015

Event The Pope Vs The Bomb Transcript

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From Nuclear Deterrence to Disarmament: Evolving Catholic Perspectives

Carnegie Council on Ethics, New York,  May 7, 2015

Transcript

Additional Reading

Gerard F.Powers, 2017.
Arms Control Today
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Colloquium on Revitalizing Catholic Engagement on Nuclear Disarmament

Stanford University Hoover Institute, April 24-25, 2014

Stanford Colloquium 2014Stanford Colloquium on Nuclear Disarmament

This event hosted by former Secretary of State George Schultz, former Secretary of Defense William Perry, and former Senator Sam Nunn, brought together forty bishops, policy specialists, Catholic scholars and students to explore ways of making a world without nuclear weapons a reality.  The colloquium was the launch of a larger project intended to empower a new generation of Catholic bishops, scholars, professionals and students to address and re-engage in the ethical and policy challenges of reducing and eliminating nuclear weapons.

The colloquium was made possible by support from the Nuclear Threat Initiative and was sponsored by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Office of International Justice and Peace; Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies; Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs; and Boston College.

Additional Information

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"A B C Presence in Catholic Forum on Nuclear Weapons"

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"U.S. and European Catholic Bishops Call for Strategy to Eliminate Nuclear Weapons Globally"

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