Nuclear Weapons: A Crime Against God and Humanity

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Children after the bombing of Hiroshima

71 years ago today the US dropped a nuclear bomb on Japan, killing 140,000 people on impact, most of them civilians. The Catholic Church teaches that the ends do not justify the means, and that it is immoral to intentionally kill civilian non-combatants. In the Vatican II document Gaudium et spes the Church puts it this way, “Any act of war aimed indiscriminately at the destruction of entire cities or of extensive areas along with their population is a crime against God and man himself.” Nuclear weapons and carpeting bombing cities are crimes against God and man, so why do so many Catholics think otherwise? Tony Magliano has the story in NCR: Nuclear Weapons a Crime Against God and Humanity. More after the jump: