If you signed on to our NCR ad, and even if you did not, we hope you’ll contact your bishop personally and encourage him to read the Appeal and heed it. Below is a sample letter to use as a starting point. Make it your own as you choose.
Please print the two hyperlinked documents to include with your letter. Then you can remove the hyperlinks before you print.
You will find your bishop’s or archbishop’s contact information at this link on the USCCB website:
Thank you for all you are doing to promote peace and nonviolence in this Year of Mercy and beyond!
Pax Christi Metro-DC Baltimore
Next month, you and your fellow U.S. bishops will gather in Baltimore for the annual USCCB General Assembly—just a week after national elections that bring a change in our political leadership. In the spirit of this Jubilee Year of Mercy, which ends on November 20, I ask that you urge your brother bishops to have mercy on our common home, the Earth, threatened with nuclear annihilation; on the world’s poor, in desperate need of the trillions we squander on armaments; and on the children and adults who live in dread of our bombs and drones.
Specifically, I ask that, as the leaders of our Church in the U.S., you
- insist that the U.S. and other nuclear-armed countries act to eliminate their nuclear arsenals, as legally required by the Non-Proliferation Treaty and as urged by the Holy See and a majority of the world’s non-nuclear-armed countries; and
- embrace a Just Peace paradigm, as urged by the Nonviolence and Just Peace Conference held in Rome last April. Gospel nonviolence inspires Just Peace strategies that heal conflict and prevent war, while “just war” thinking traps us in endless cycles of violence.
Enclosed are two documents I hope you will take to heart. The first is “Nuclear Disarmament: Time for Abolition” issued by the Holy See in December 2014. The second is “An Appeal to the Catholic Church to Recommit to the Centrality of Gospel Nonviolence” issued by the 85 participants from Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Oceania who took part in the April Nonviolence and Just Peace Conference.
Pax Christi Metro DC-Baltimore is sponsoring a reception at the Marriott Hotel during the General Assembly, at 7:30 pm on Wednesday evening, November 16. It will feature a panel of key people from the DC-Baltimore area who attended the Rome conference and helped shape the Appeal, including Marie Dennis, Co-President of Pax Christi International. You’ll find the location in your Assembly program. Please attend, and urge others to attend.
As Pope Francis said in his message to Nonviolence and Just Peace Conference participants, “the ultimate and most deeply worthy goal of human beings and of the human community is the abolition of war.” I look forward to working with you and others to build a culture of Just Peace in your own see and in the world.