We decry our government’s use of unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) as the new face of war. Under the U.N. Charter, a member state may use military force only in defense to an armed attack or with the authorization of the Security Council. We call for an immediate end to the use of armed drones.
Consider this hypothetical situation. A treaty banning nuclear weapons is agreed to. Pressure builds on nuclear-weapons states to give up their arsenals and the world’s nations collectively ask the Holy See to serve as the repository of a small stockpile of nuclear warheads, creating a special exception to the NPT.
The use of nuclear weapons is a crime against humanity. Nuclear weapons should be banned and eliminated without delay. Now is the time for us to join hands with citizens, local and national governments and the United Nations to open the door to a world without nuclear weapons.
This prayer service was prepared by Art Laffin of the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker in Washington, D.C. It is a revised version of a service offered at the White House on May 4, 2012 and can be adapted for a nonviolent public witness or worship setting.