Bishop calls on gov­ern­ment to do more to dis­pose of nu­clear weapons

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AR­GYLL and The Isles’ Bishop Brian McGee has joined with other Scot­tish Catholic bish­ops in call­ing on the UK Gov­ern­ment to ‘ take more de­ci­sive and coura­geous steps’ to work to­wards the dis­posal and elim­i­na­tion of all nu­clear weapons.

They have is­sued a state­ment urg­ing the Gov­ern­ment to hon­our its com­mit­ment as a key sig­na­tory to the Nu­clear Non- Pro­lif­er­a­tions Treaty (1968) in the run up to a par­lia­men­tary vote on the re­newal of Tri­dent Nu­clear weapons, ex­pected to take place on Mon­day July 18.

All eight Scot­tish Catholic bish­ops have signed the state­ment, in­clud­ing Philip Tartaglia, pres­i­dent of the Bishop’s Con­fer­ence of Scot­land, and Arch­bishop of Glas­gow and Vice Pres­i­dent of the Con­fer­ence Joseph Toal who is also the Bishop of Mother­well.

In the state­ment, the bish­ops high­light ‘ the im­moral­ity of the use of strate­gic nu­clear weapons due to the in­dis­crim­i­nate de­struc­tion of in­no­cent hu­man life that their use would cause.’

They also men­tion the fi­nan­cial im­pli­ca­tions of nu­clear weaponry, quot­ing Pope Fran­cis: ‘ Spend­ing on nu­clear weapons squan­ders the wealth of na­tions.’ and adding that ‘ Lives are be­ing lost now be­cause money that could be spent on the needy and the poor is tied up in nu­clear ar­se­nals.’

Bishop of Ar­gyll and the Isles, Brian McGee has joined other bish­ops to dis­pose of nu­clear weapons.

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