Nuclear Disarmament

From the time of Pope St. John XXIII’s Pacem in Terris in 1963, to the United States Catholic Bishops’ Challenge of Peace in 1983, to the 2014 message from the Holy See to the Vienna Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons, the Catholic Church has consistently addressed the moral imperative to move toward nuclear disarmament.

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Despite obvious challenges, this moral imperative of nuclear disarmament is now endorsed as a policy goal by prominent policymakers and many governments. But the policy debate has moved ahead of the ethical debate. In accord with the efforts of Pope Francis and the Holy See to promote progress toward nuclear disarmament, the Project on Revitalizing Catholic Engagement on Nuclear Disarmament is helping to empower a new group of Catholic bishops, ethicists, and young professionals to contribute to the current ethical and policy debate on nuclear disarmament, particularly in the United States. This Project is co-sponsored by the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame; in collaboration with the Office of International Justice and Peace, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops; the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, Georgetown University; and Boston College; with the generous support of The Nuclear Threat Initiative.

See the following conferences and events associated with the Project on Revitalizing Catholic Engagement on Nuclear Disarmament and other CPN engagement on the topic:

Perspectives for a World Free from Nuclear Weapons and for Integral Disarmament (The Vatican, 2017)

Colloquium on US-European Approaches to Nuclear Disarmament (London, 2016)

"The Pope and the Bomb: New Nuclear Dangers and Moral Dilemmas" (Washington, DC, 2015)

Public Panel at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs (New York, 2015)

Colloquium on Revitalizing Catholic Engagement on Nuclear Disarmament (Stanford, 2014)

Peacebuilding 2013: Pacem in Terris at 50 (Washington, DC, 2013)


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