Nuclear Disarmament

Adrian Dominican Sisters

The Adrian Dominican Corporate Stance, adopted in 2007, calls on the U.S. government to lead the way for the global abolition of nuclear and all weapons of mass destruction by adopting a plan to lock down, reduce, and eliminate nuclear and all weapons of mass destruction. We call for immediate development, adoption and implementation of a plan that will ensure that there will be no new nuclear weapons, no new materials for nuclear weapons, and no testing of nuclear weapons.

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Felician Sisters of North America

Nuclear Non-Proliferation

As women who follow the tradition of nonviolence handed down to us by Jesus Christ and St. Francis of Assisi, we call for the elimination of the nuclear weapons industry throughout the world and the reallocation of the resources, currently spent to maintain the nuclear arsenal, to educate children and to provide services for the poor.

We call upon our government leaders to abolish all nuclear weapons and weapons of mass destruction.  We call for the banning of all nuclear testing, the signing and implementation of the Non-Proliferation treaty, and the dismantling of all nuclear weapons.

As peacemakers, we promote non-violent ways of resolving conflicts and call upon our leaders to realize their responsibility to their constituents, to protect creation, and to keep the world habitable for future generations.

Sisters of Charity of Nazareth

As Christian women dedicated to living out Gospel values, we oppose the proliferation of nuclear armament as destructive of these values. Believing that peace is a priority in our lives, we still strive to promote it on the personal level by caring, sharing and reconciling with one another, transforming our lives on individual and community levels by prayer, self education and consciousness raising.

Moreover, convinced that our vocation as peacemakers impels us to work unceasingly to promote non-violent ways of resolving conflicts, we call upon our leaders and on women and men in the global community to realize their personal responsibility to be peacemakers also, to protect the resources of the earth and to keep the world habitable and hospitable for future generations.

Nuclear weapons cannot be deployed without destroying millions of defenseless people and rendering huge areas of the world unfit for human habitation for untold generations. Even if nuclear weapons are stockpiled only as deterrent, they constitute a grave violation of human rights. Since military spending greatly contributes to the inflationary spiral by increasing the imbalance of the budget and by decreasing employment opportunities, it places a heavy burden on the needier segments of our society, and restricts our ability to redress the inequitable distribution of resources throughout the world. Funds allocated for the stockpiling of weapons deprive the poor and the oppressed of money that should be directed toward human needs: e.g. alleviation of hunger, better health services, adequate housing, education and purification of polluted water supplies. In addition, materials used in building these weapons present a threat to unborn generations through genetic mutation.

The immediacy of health hazards resulting from improper waste disposal and contamination of earth and water resources make it incumbent upon us as members of the global community to call for an immediate freeze on the production and deployment of nuclear arms. We urge our bishops and clergy and other religious groups to join with peacemaking groups all over the world to renew – not destroy – the face of the earth and to bring about the reign of God based on a peace and justice denied to no one.

–May 25, 1981

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Sisters of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate, Joliet IL

We commit ourselves to prayer, study, dialogue and action for nuclear disarmament.