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Pax Christi hofft auf Abschaffung aller Atomwaffen

Pax Christi International

Quelle: Kath. Nachrichtenagentur (KNA [http://www.kna.de])

Belgien/Kirche/Rüstung

Brüssel, 25.7.2000 (KNA) Die internationale katholische Friedensbewegung Pax Christi hat die Hoffung auf eine vollständige Abschaffung aller Atomwaffen geäußert. Allerdings. seien. dafür noch mannigfaltige Hindernisse zu überwinden, heißt es in einer am Dienstag in Brüssel veröffentlichten Botschaft von Pax Christi an den Bürgermeister der 1945 von einer Atombombe zerstörten japanischen Stadt Hiroshima. Die Zerstörung der Stadt zeige deutlich, dass Atomwaffen nur zur unterschiedslosen Zerstörung ganzer Städte und weiter Gebiete eingesetzt werden könnten und daher von der katholischen Kirche als Verbrechen gegen Gott und die Menschheit verurteilt würden.

en/pra/chs - 25.07.2000, 11.55 Uhr



Erklärung von Pax Christi International im Volltext

"Pax Christi International is very pleased to be associated with your project for displaying peace messages for the new millennium in the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. As you may know, Pax Christi International, which is the peace movement of the Catholic community throughout the world, was started by Catholics in France and Germany who wanted to be able to live in peace with each other after the end of the Second World War. Since 1945 the movement has grown and blossomed not only in most countries of Europe but also in every continent.

From the very beginning, Pax Christi has been working for the elimination of nuclear weapons. During the cold war, we continued to plead with governments, and with the national leaders of the church itself, to abandon the concept of ´mutual assured destruction` as a means for preventing war. For we have always believed that, in practice, nuclear weapons could and would only be used in ways which would fall under the condemnation given by the Second Vatican Council in 1965: "any act of war aimed indiscriminately at the destruction of entire cities or extensive areas along with their population is a crime against God and man himself. It merits unequivocal and unhesitating condemnation". The experience of your own city of Hiroshima provides a vivid illustration of this truth.

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As we expect you are aware, since the end of the cold war, there has been great progress in persuading church leaders of the validity of our message. The Vatican`s Observer at the United Nations has been speaking out ever more strongly in favour of the elimination of nuclear weapons in the last ten years or so. His speeches to the UN General Assembly amount to the most authoritative and powerful moral challenge to the ´institutional nuclearism` of the nuclear weapons states which the world has seen since the dawn of the nuclear age.

We are sincerely hoping that the progress made at the recent Review Conference of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, with its unanimous ´unequivocal undertaking` by almost all states to ´accomplish the total elimination of their nuclear arsenals leading to nuclear disarmament` will bear fruit in the coming years, through the creation of the peace which your own city deserves, and has so valiantly persisted in working for, despite the obstacles which have been put in your path during the cold war years.

There are still many obstacles to be overcome inn this new millennium. As a peace movement born in the aftermath of the most appalling war the world has known. Pax Christi International sends you every good wish for the success of your endeavours for peace, and assures you that you have the blessing of Catholic peoples the world over. May God bless you and your fellow citizens, and may the peace of Christ be with you in the new millennium."


Kontakt: Pax Christi International, Oude Graanmarkt 21, B-1000 Brussels, Tel.: +32/2/5025550, Fax: +32/2/5024626

E-Mail:  office@pci.knooppunt.be
Internet: http://www.pci.ngonet.be
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