UK: Pax Christi UK calls for nuclear arms service to be scrapped
from The Catholic Universe
29/4/19 - An international Catholic peace movement has called for cancellation of a ceremony at Westminster Abbey celebrating Britain’s nuclear weapons system.
Westminster Abbey is due to host a National Service of Thanksgiving to mark 50 years of British nuclear weapons on patrol at sea despite the fact that the General Synod of the Church of England has already called on the government to back the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.
The Abbey described it as ‘a service to recognise the commitment of the Royal Navy to effective peace-keeping through the deterrent over the past 50 years and to pray for peace throughout the world’, however campaigners say it will send out a dangerous message to the world about the country’s attitude towards arms.
“Pax Christi does not regard the continuing possession of nuclear weapons by the UK as an achievement to be ‘marked’,” Theresa Alessandro, director of Pax Christi, told The Catholic Universe.
“We echo the words of Pope Francis regarding nuclear weapons: ‘The threat of their use as well as their very possession is to be firmly condemned’. Rather than the tired narrative that nuclear weapons are a necessary deterrent, we agree with Pope Francis that they ‘exist in the service of a mentality of fear that affects not only the parties in conflict but the entire human race’. The tense, fragile relationships between nuclear-weapons possessing nations and their unbalanced relationships with others must not be described as peace.”...