This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

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Disarmament

Because all nations are obligated to work toward peace, and because the possession of weapons is justified only insofar as the maintenance of peace is justified, then it seems that arms themselves, their purchase and sale, and the quantity produced and maintained by a nation, are objects of concern for the Social Doctrine of the Church. For the same reason, arms cannot be treated like a simple category of goods to be bought and sold on the international or domestic market.[1]

The Church does not agree with the prevalent notion that stockpiling arms, particularly nuclear arms, is an effective or necessary means of achieving peace: “The accumulation of arms strikes many as a paradoxically suitable way of deterring potential adversaries from war. They see it as the most effective means of ensuring peace among nations. This method of deterrence gives rise to strong moral reservations. The arms race does not ensure peace. Far from eliminating the causes of war, it risks aggravating them.”[2] Rather, a policy of non-proliferation combined with widespread reduction in nuclear arms, and arms that strike indiscriminately (for example, landmines), is the path recommended by the Magisterium.

[1] CSDC, 508.

[2] CCC, 2315.

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