The United States National Conference of Catholic Bishops on May 3 in Chicago approved a pastoral letter calling for a halt to U.S. testing, building and deployment of nuclear weapons.
1. GV National Conference of Catholic Bishops in Chicago (2 shots) 0.09
2. SCU Archbishop Philip Hannan speaking (SOT) 0.20
3. SV Conference in progress (2 shots) 0.24
4. SCU Bishop John Quinn speaking (SOT) 0.32
5. GV Bishops voting 0.36
6. SVs Conference in progress (4 shots) 0.52
7. SV Results of voting being announced by the chairman 1.01
8. GV Bishops applauding 1.04
9. SCU Bishops' spokesman speaking (SOT) 1.16
SPEECH TRANSCRIPTS: SEQUENCE 2: ARCHBISHOP PHILIP HANNAN: "We had never won World War Two, if we had ever observed this, it would be impossible to win any war."
BISHOP JOHN QUINN (SEQUENCE FOUR): "Nevertheless there must be no misunderstanding to our opposition on moral grounds to any use of nuclear weapons."
BISHOPS' SPOKESMAN: (SEQUENCE 9): "It is a decisive statement, because we made it so clear that we have to oppose any use of nuclear weapons for any reason whatsoever. So we said a strong 'no' to nuclear war."
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Background: CHICAGO, USA
The United States National Conference of Catholic Bishops on May 3 in Chicago approved a pastoral letter calling for a halt to U.S. testing, building and deployment of nuclear weapons. The vote in favour was 238 to 9. There was no immediate comment from the White House, which had wanted the bishops to use the word 'curb' rather than 'halt' in their letters. During the two-day conference, Archbishop Philip Hannan defended the use of nuclear deterrents, but was well outnumbered in the final vote. Bishop John Quinn expressed the view of the majority when he said that there had to be no misunderstanding of the bishops' opposition to nuclear weapons; and a spokesman described the vote as a strong 'no' to nuclear war. But the bishops did try to soften the political impact of the pastoral letter by inserting a footnote to the 155-page document, saying that they do not want to have their words used against specific political measures.
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