Dear Editor: I read with great interest the letter from Dennis Torre in which he took you to task for merely reporting the Kings Bay Plowshares action. Apparently he was seeking a more condemnatory note, which I feel sure on a variety of other topics he would categorize as “fake news.”
Not an easy time to be a journalist.
A brief word about the Church’s magisterium in this matter: On the topic of the immorality of nuclear weapons, the bishops could not be more clear. In its 1983 pastoral letter “The Challenge of Peace,” the National Conference of Catholic Bishops wrote: “Under no circumstances may nuclear weapons or other instruments of mass slaughter be used for the purpose of destroying population centers or other predominantly civilian targets.”
Each Trident submarine at Kings Bay can carry up to 24 ballistic missiles, and each missile can carry up to eight 100-megaton warheads – about 30 times the destructive power of the bomb dropped on Hiroshima. Can there be any purpose of such a weapon other than that of destroying population centers?
Torre wonders “if the true desire for world peace can ever justify using the means of trespassing and defacing government property.”
Countenancing the growing capability to incinerate population centers and all life within them is the obscenity the Kings Bay Plowshares “trespass” protested. However, if the defacing of property is Torre’s primary concern, he need only review photos of Hiroshima’s aftermath to see the real thing.