75 Years after Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Vatican Is Providing Moral Guidance on Nuclear Weapons

Authors: Drew Christiansen Carole Sargent

August 4, 2020

In this article, Senior Fellow Rev. Drew Christiansen, S.J., and Carole Sargent explore the evolving position of the Catholic Church on nuclear disarmament. Christiansen and Sargent present a historical overview of the Vatican position on nuclear weapons, explaining how the Church has moved from advocating deterrence to supporting abolition over the 75 years since the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. They also reflect on how Pope Francis has made a moral case for disarmament and supported the U.N. Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. The article, published by the Conversation, previews their co-edited volume on the subject, A World Free from Nuclear Weapons: The Vatican Conference on Disarmament (Georgetown University Press, 2020).

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