U.N. inaction on nuclear weapons ‘disappointing’ to Catholic advocates

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May 28, 2015

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during the Ninth Review Conference of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons at the United Nations in New York April 27. Catholic peace advocates expressed disappointment with the lack of progress during the conference to shrink the arsenals of nuclear weapons-possessing nations. (CNS photo/Peter Foley, EPA) See WASHINGTON LETTER May 28, 2015.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during the Ninth Review Conference of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons at the United Nations in New York April 27. Catholic peace advocates expressed disappointment with the lack of progress during the conference to shrink the arsenals of nuclear weapons-possessing nations. (CNS photo/Peter Foley, EPA)

WASHINGTON (CNS) — A monthlong review of a key nuclear weapons treaty saw the nuclear powers stepping back from an opportunity to alter the status quo, much to the disappointment of Catholic peace advocates.

The disappointment stems from the failure of the nuclear weapons states to heed the arguments of the advocates, nongovernmental organizations and non-nuclear nations on the moral imperative to more rapidly shrink weapons stockpiles because of the threat they pose to humanity.

“Just the lack of political will all the way around, it’s discouraging,” Bishop Oscar Cantu of Las Cruces, New Mexico, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace, told Catholic News Service May 26, four days after delegates from more than 150 nations concluded the Ninth Review Conference of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons at the United Nations in New York.

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