The words on the part of President Trump clearly go against the Church’s teaching on the topic and advocacy for non-proliferation expressed on this website:
Nuclear Disarmament and the Safety and Security of the Nation and the World
Bishop Oscar Cantú writes to Secretary of State Tillerson stating that it is imperative that we move systematically and relentlessly toward nuclear disarmament and the securing of nuclear materials.
Colloquium on Catholic Approaches to Nuclear Proliferation and Disarmament
Bishop Robert McElroy participates on a panel during a colloquium organized to explore current Catholic approaches to non-proliferation and disarmament in the context of the wider religious, ethical and policy debate.
I firmly hope that, during the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference to be held this May in New York, concrete decisions will be made towards progressive disarmament, with a view to freeing our planet from nuclear arms."
– Pope Benedict XVI, January 1, 2010
The words and actions of Donald Trump leave me baffled. If he and Putin have the ability to get along, which is good, why could they not further cooperate in getting rid of these weapons? For example, we could “trade off”. Russia has led for awhile, so let us lead for awhile by Russia getting rid of some, then they lead by us getting rid of some, etc.
We can hope that Trump’s stated position is meant to be an opening posture on a deal that actually ends up getting rid of nukes even faster!
Do we really need to continue this obsolete and immoral nuclear standoff?