Peace & Justice

This is the blog of the Commission on Peace and Justice for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, New York.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Respect Life Month

Adam Rossi of The Evangelist reports on an upcoming presentation on nuclear weapons:

With October being Respect Life Month, many Catholics may spend their time advocating to end abortion, prevent euthanasia or promote respect for people with disabilities.

But how many will think about nuclear warfare?

“Growing up during the Cold War, this seemed to me to be the preeminent issue of our time and in many ways it still is,” said Dr. Lawrence Wittner, a professor at The University at Albany, who will speak on “The Necessity of Nuclear Abolition” Oct. 27 at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Delmar.

For decades, many Catholics have counted nuclear disarmament — or at least arms control — as a central issue in the pro-life spectrum.

Generally, however, attention to the consistent ethic of life has generally swirled around abortion, birth control, embryonic stem cell research, assisted suicide and reproductive technology.

Nuclear disarmament had moved down the list until recent scares over the bomb-making capabilities of North Korea and Iran.

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