Policy Letters on Nuclear Weapons

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U.S. Bishops’ Chairman for International Justice and Peace Condemns Threats to Use Nuclear Weapons
Bishop David J. Malloy, September 23, 2022

U.S. Bishops’ Chairman for International Justice and Peace Calls for Progress in Nuclear Disarmament
Bishop David J. Malloy, September 8, 2022

U.S. Bishops’ Chairman for International Justice and Peace Commends Pledge by World Powers to Avoid Nuclear Conflict
Bishop David J. Malloy, January 6, 2022

Letter to Secretary of State Blinken Regarding Negotiations on Nuclear Weapons Non-Proliferation
Bishop David J. Malloy, September 24, 2021

U.S. Bishops’ Chairman for International Justice and Peace Issues Urgent Call to Extend the New START Treaty
Bishop David J. Malloy, January 15, 2021

U.S. Bishops’ President Reflects on the 75th Anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) issues a statement on the 75th anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Policy and Advocacy Regarding Nuclear Weapons

2014-2000

Letter to Secretary of Energy Moniz Expressing Concern Over the Expanding of U.S. Budget for Nuclear Weapons
Bishop Richard E. Pates, October 30, 2014

Letter to Congress on Negotiations with Iran Over Its Nuclear Program
Bishop Richard E. Pates, January 6, 2014

Letter to Secretary of State Kerry on Interim Agreement With Iran on Nuclear Program
Bishop Richard E. Pates, November 27, 2013

Letter to President Obama on Nuclear Disarmament and on Israeli-Palestinian Peace
Timothy Cardinal Dolan and Bishop Richard E. Pates, June 25, 2013

Letter to National Security Advisor Donilon on Nonproliferation and Nuclear Weapons
Bishop Richard E. Pates, March 2, 2012

Letter to Secretary of State Clinton Regarding Iran's Compliance with the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty
Most Reverend Richard E. Pates, March 2, 2012

Chairman Commends U.S. Senate Ratification of New START Treaty
Bishop Howard J. Hubbard, December 22, 2010

Catholic Bishops, Evangelicals Call for Ratification of New START Treaty
Bishop Howard J. Hubbard, December 7, 2010

Letter to U.S. Senate Urging Ratification of the New START Treaty
Bishop Howard J. Hubbard, November 29, 2010

Letter to U.S. Senate Regarding Support for the New START Treaty
Bishop Howard J. Hubbard, September 17, 2010

Moral Reflections on U.S. Nuclear Weapons Policy
Archbishop Edwin O'Brien, April 26, 2010

Letter to U.S. Senate Urging Ratification of New START Treaty
Bishop Howard J. Hubbard, April 15, 2010

Letter to President Obama Supporting New START Treaty | en Español
Francis Cardinal George, OMI, President, April 8, 2010

Resources on New START Treaty and Catholic Social Teaching on Nuclear Weapons
April 2010

Remarks on Nuclear Disarmament at Global Zero Summit
Archbishop Edwin O'Brien, February 3, 2010

Letter to U.S. House of Representatives Supporting Global Security Priorities Resolution and Savings from Reducing Nuclear Arsenal
Bishop Howard J. Hubbard, November 2, 2009

Letter to U.S. Senate on U.S. Nuclear Policy
Bishop Howard J. Hubbard, September 28, 2009

Open Letter to President Obama on Nuclear Weapons
September 18, 2009

Nuclear Weapons and Moral Questions: The Path to Zero
Archbishop Edwin O'Brien, July 29, 2009

Letter to Secretary of State Clinton on U.S. Policy Towards Nuclear Nonproliferation
Bishop Howard J. Hubbard, April 8, 2009

Letter to U.S. House of Representatives on Reintroduced Global Security Priorities Act and Nuclear Nonproliferation
Bishop Howard J. Hubbard, March 30, 2009

Letter to U.S. House of Representatives on Global Security Priorities Act and Nuclear Arms Reduction
Bishop Thomas G. Wenski, July 11, 2008

Letter to U.S. House of Representatives in Support of the Global Security Priorities Act and Nuclear Nonproliferation Efforts
Bishop Thomas G. Wenski, February 5, 2008

Letter to U.S. Senate on Funding for Reliable Replacement Warhead Program
Bishop Thomas G. Wenski, December 5, 2007

Letter to Secretary of State Rice Regarding Iran's Compliance with the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Safeguards Agreement
Bishop Thomas G. Wenski, November 1, 2007

Statement from Religious Leaders on Denuclearization Agreement with North Korea
Ecumenical Church Leaders, July 17, 2007

Letter to Congress Urging End to Funding for Reliable Warhead Replacement Program
Bishop Thomas G. Wenski, May 9, 2007

Letters to Senators Brownback, DeWine, and Specter Urging Opposition to Funding for Robust Nuclear Earth Penetrator in Defense Authorization Bill
Bishop John H. Ricard, September 1, 2005

Letter to Bishop Nagoya on 60th Anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
Bishop William S. Skylstad, August 2, 2005

Letter to U.S. Senate on Nuclear Weapons Research Funding
Bishop John H. Ricard, July 18, 2005

Letter to Congress on Research on the Robust Nuclear Earth Penetrator
Bishop John H. Ricard, May 10, 2005

Statement on Nuclear Weapons
Bishop Wilton D. Gregory, August 6, 2004

Theological and Moral Perspectives on Today's Challenge of Peace
Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin, November 10, 2003

Letter to U.S. Senate on Funding for Research on Nuclear Weapons in Appropriations Bill
Bishop John H. Ricard, September 15, 2003

Intervention by the Holy See at the Third Conference on Facilitating the Entry Into Force of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty
Msgr. Pietro Parolin, Wien, 3-5 September 2003

Blessed Are the Peacemakers: Reflections on Two Anniversaries
Most Reverend Wilton D. Gregory, August 4, 2003

Testimony on the Moscow Treaty on Strategic Offensive Reductions Before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee
Fr. Drew Christiansen, July 23, 2002

Statement on New Nuclear Treaty and U.S. Nuclear Weapons Policy
Most Reverend Wilton D. Gregory, May 24, 2002

Joint Nuclear Reduction/Disarmament Press Release & Statement
Msgr. Dennis M. Schnurr, June 2000

1999 and earlier

Statement Endorsing Arms Treaty and Ban on Nuclear Weapons Tests
Bishop John Glynn, October 7, 1999

Statement on U.S. Senate Rejection of Nuclear Test Ban
Bishop Joseph Fiorenza, October 14, 1999

A Time to Remember War and Recommit to Peace
Most Reverend Daniel P. Reilly, August 2, 1995

Building Cooperative Security Special Problems
Excerpts from The Harvest of Justice is Sown in Peace
National Conference of Catholic Bishops, November 17, 1993

USCCB Statement: The Harvest of Justice is Sown in Peace
United States Catholic Conference, November 17, 1993

Statement on the START II Treaty and the Reduction in the Number of Long-Range Nuclear Weapons
Archbishop John R. Roach, January 5, 1992

Statement on the START Treaty
Archbishop John R. Roach, July 18, 1991

Missile Defense: Excerpts from A Report on The Challenge of Peace and Policy Developments 1983-1988
Ad Hoc Committee on the Moral Evaluation of Deterrence
National Conference of Catholic Bishops, June 1988

The Strategic Defense Initiative: Moral Question, Public Choices
National Conference of Catholic Bishops, 1988

The Challenge of Peace, God's Promise and Our Response
National Conference of Catholic Bishops, May 3, 1983

Resources/Backgrounders/Educational Materials

Backgrounder on Nuclear Disarmament and Challenging Increases in Military Spending
January 2020

Backgrounder on Korean Peninsula: Nuclear Disarmament / De-escalation of Conflict
February 2019

Backgrounder on Nuclear Weapons
February 2018

Colloquium on Catholic Approaches to Nuclear Proliferation and Disarmament
Bishop Robert McElroy participates on a panel during a colloquium organized to explore current Catholic approaches to non-proliferation and disarmament in the context of the wider religious, ethical, and policy debate.

Background on Nuclear Arms Treaties
February 2011

Resources on New START Treaty and Catholic Social Teaching on Nuclear Weapons
April 2010