Patrick O'Neill is a longtime contributor to NCR. He is a co-founder of the Fr. Charlie Mulholland Catholic Worker House, which opened in 1991 in Garner, North Carolina. In 2018, as part of the Kings Bay Plowshares 7, he entered Kings Bay Naval Base, the U.S. Atlantic home port of the Trident submarine, to protest these submarines and the nuclear weapons that they carry.

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As it was 40 years ago, nuclear disarmament is our only hope for the future

Commentary: Forty years after a massive nuclear disarmament march in New York, the threat of the use of nuclear weapons has never been greater, with the stakes raised due to the war between Russia and Ukraine.


I took part in an anti-nuclear protest. Then I was suspended from the Knights of Columbus.

Like the court, which imprisoned me and protected Trident, the Knights of Columbus sanctioned me for breaching human law, rather than embracing me for being obedient to God's law.


My prison cell view of the COVID-19 pandemic

The yearlong COVID-19 lockdown has been severe for the nation's prisoners, who are isolated without visits, sacraments or vaccines, Patrick O'Neill of the Kings Bay Plowshares writes from the inside.

On his knees, Raleigh bishop asks for forgiveness during reparation Mass

Calling sex abuse a "horrible crime," Bishop Luis Zarama dropped to his knees on the church's behalf to ask forgiveness during a reparation Mass celebrated Sept. 25 at Raleigh, North Carolina.