On 11 January a number of senior bishops from England & Wales commented on the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, which comes into force on Friday 22 January. Bishops described this treaty as “an historic milestone on the path to nuclear disarmament and an opportunity to refocus on genuine peacebuilding rooted in dialogue, justice, respect for human dignity, and care for our planet.”
Drawing on Pope Francis, the bishops said, “In setting out the ‘moral and humanitarian imperative’ for complete elimination of nuclear weapons, Pope Francis reminded us that ‘international peace and stability cannot be based on a false sense of security, on the threat of mutual destruction or total annihilation.’
“We urge support for the Treaty and repeat our call for the UK to forsake its nuclear arsenal. The resources spent on manufacturing, maintaining and upgrading these weapons of mass destruction, should be reinvested to alleviate the suffering of the poorest and most vulnerable members of our society, for the Common Good of all peoples.”
The statement was signed by, Bishop Declan Lang of Clifton, Bishop William Nolan of Galloway and Bishop William Kenney, Auxiliary Bishop of Birmingham.