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Nuclear weapons and deterrence

On this page you can find Reports on what Pax Christi  is doing, General Resources, Church Statements & Documents

Resources to help make the case against Trident renewal and nuclear deterrence.

ICAN issued Let’s Be Realistic, a booklet answering common questions/beliefs about nuclear deterrence and nuclear weapons. The booklet might help you work through conversations with people and is good for sharing too.

May 27th 2020 : Launch of a report produced by Pax Christi as part of an interfaith working group: Banks, Pensions & Nuclear Weapons: Investing In Change. Data presented assists people to challenge their bank or pension provider on investment that supports nuclear weapons manufacture.

Articles questioning spending on British nuclear weapons in the light of the challenges of coronavirus:

Article written by Pax Christi Director Theresa Alessandro in The Universe Imagine a world without nuclear weapons: it isn’t hard to do..

2016 NCPO Trident briefing

Trident Briefing produced by Network of Christian Peace Organisations.  For use in preparation  for the Lobby of Parliament in July 2016 , for letter-writing and meetings.  Paper copies available from Pax Christi .  

Nuclear weapons companies and money,  report on West MIdlands Pension Fund investments from Pax Christi member Paul McGowan.  See below, Don’t Bank on the Bomb. February 2016

  • Don’t Bank on the Bomb: A global report on the finance  of nuclear weapons producers.   The report identifies 382 banks, insurance companies and pension funds which have made USD 493 billion available to nuclear weapons producers since January 2012. Produced by PAX Netherlands and ICAN.  November 2015
  • Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, statement on decommissioning of nuclear weapons.  November 2006 
  • Resource leaflet Catholic Church and Nuclear Weapons. For use at meetings/handing out at events (Revised, January 2015)

GENERAL RESOURCES

  • Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons on 9 December 2014, Vienna

600 people gathered for the ICAN Civil Forum at this Conference.   Pax Christi International took part as did UK member Martin Birdseye.  Read Martin’s blog .  Here is a report of the Forum meeting

  • Resource for Religious Leaders and Communities on Nuclear Disarmament (November 2013)

A new nuclear abolition resource was launched last week in Vienna by Religions for Peace at its assembly of 600 religious leaders. Nuclear weapons pose an existential threat to humanity, say religious leaders and believers must act to bridge the political divides that fuel the nuclear arms race.

Church Statements  & Documents

  • H.E. Archbishop Bernardito Auza Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, Statement to NPT  meeting, April 2015

The very possession of nuclear weapons will continue to come at an enormous financial cost. The expenditures, current and projected, represent resources that could, and indeed should, be put toward the development of societies and people. Pope Francis put it strongly in his message to the President of the Vienna Conference on the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons: “Spending on nuclear weapons squanders the wealth of nations. To prioritize such spending is a mistake and a misallocation of resources which would be far better invested in the areas of integral human development, education, health and the fight against extreme poverty. When these resources are squandered, the poor and the weak living on the margins of society pay the price.”

  •  H.E. Archbishop Bernardito Auza Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations speaking at a  Conference at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs linked with  the Non-proliferation Treaty Review Conference, New York.  May 2015

I would like to develop my reflection on the topic under three sub-themes:First, the Popes and the constant call for the abolition of nuclear weapons; Second, Pope Francis and the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons; and Third, Some Elements of the Holy See’s call for nuclear disarmament….

  • Pope Francis  message to the Vienna Conference on Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons, December 2014

” Nuclear deterrence and the threat of mutually  assured destruction cannot be the basis for an ethics of fraternity and peaceful coexistence among peoples and states.  The youth of today and tomorrow deserve far more…Spending on nuclear weapons squanders the wealth of nations.  To prioritize such spending is a mistake and a misallocation of resources which would be far better invested in the areas of integral human development, education, health and the fight against extreme poverty.

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Campaign for ban on nuclear weapons

2020 May: International Women’s Day for Peace & Disarmament. On behalf of Pax Christi members, our Director, Theresa Alessandro and Pax Christi International General Secretary, Greet Vanaerschot, endorsed the appeal by Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament (PNND), Women Legislators’ Lobby (WiLL) and World Future Council (WFC), supporting the United Nations’ initiatives for peace and …