Art Laffin is a member of the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker in Washington, D.C. He is the author of the new edition of The Risk of the Cross: Living Gospel Nonviolence in the Nuclear Age and editor of Swords into Plowshares.

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Catholics must act on Francis' mandate to abolish nuclear weapons

What if the bishops called for the conversion of arms industries to nonmilitary production, while advocating for full and just protection of workers' rights during the transition process? What if leadership in all Christian denominations called on believers in the nuclear chain of command to refuse orders to use nuclear weapons, and for all Christians to publicly support those who do so?


Nuclear weapons are illegal: 50 nations ratify historic UN treaty

Commentary: The U.S. and the world's eight other nuclear-armed countries boycotted the treaty negotiations and have shown no inclination to accept it. Living as we are in a nation that legally sanctions nuclear weapons, what would Jesus have us do?


Remember, repent, resist: 74 years since the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Commentary: The anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of two Japanese cities is a time of remembering the horror, repenting the sin and reclaiming a future without nuclear weapons.


Nuclear disarmament is possible if we have faith and act on it

Commentary: If we are to take seriously the magnitude of the nuclear threat and the admonition of Pope Francis, we must risk taking action commensurate with the colossal threat.