The path to true peace requires the world to abolish nuclear weapons, an American bishop and a Japanese archbishop said as the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombings at the end of World War II approached.
Speaking during a 30-minute webinar on 3rd August, Bishop David J. Malloy of Rockford, Illinois, and Archbishop Joseph Mitsuaki Takami of Nagasaki, Japan, reiterated long-standing calls by the bishops’ conferences of both countries that the world must reverse the path toward a renewed arms race because of the threat it poses to God’s creation.
“As long as the idea that weapons are necessary for peacemaking persists, it will be difficult to even reduce the number of nuclear weapons, let alone to abolish nuclear weapons. It would be ideal if the US and Japan could truly reconcile with each other and work together for the abolition of nuclear weapons,” Archbishop Takami said.
Recalling the words of Pope Francis, who during his visit to Japan in November 2019 called the world to remember its moral obligation to rid the world of nuclear weapons, Bishop Malloy said that all nations must “find the means for complete and mutual disarmament based on a shared commitment and trust that needs to be fostered and deepened”.
The bishops expressed concern that the world has overlooked the massive destructiveness of nuclear weapons as experienced in Japan in 1945 when US atomic bombs detonated over Hiroshima on 6th August and Nagasaki three days later.
Picture: The devastation of the Japanese city of Hiroshima after the dropping of a nuclear bomb on 6th August 1945. This picture was issued to mark the 50th Anniversary in 1995. (UPPA/DPA/PA).