“That the United Kingdom support the Treaty of Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, considered a historic milestone on the road to nuclear disarmament”: Joint request of the Bishops of England, Wales and Scotland
Anna Poce-Vatican City
The bishops of England, Wales and Scotland, in a joint statement published today on their websites, called on the British government to “renounce its nuclear arsenal” and support the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, which will enter into force on Friday 22nd. January 2021.
The Treaty – says the declaration – represents “a historic milestone on the road to nuclear disarmament”, and “an opportunity to refocus on a true consolidation of peace based on dialogue, justice and respect for human dignity and caring for our planet “.
The prelates, citing Pope Francis’ speech to the UN, call the complete elimination of nuclear weapons a “moral and humanitarian imperative.” They also hope that “the resources spent on the production, maintenance and upgrade of these weapons of mass destruction” will be “reinvested to alleviate the suffering of the poorest and most vulnerable members of our society, for the common good of all peoples.” .
At the same time, they implore “the government to tighten its gun control regulations, addressing the production and sale of more weapons, which continue to destroy so many lives around the world.”
Finally, turning to the Lord, who created all human beings equal in dignity, the bishops pray that he “instill in our hearts a brotherly spirit.” “Grant”, they conclude, “that we can create healthier societies and a more dignified world, a world without hunger, poverty, violence and war.”