There are still nearly 16,000 nuclear weapons on the planet, some 1,800 on Cold War-era hair-trigger alert on land, in the air and under the seas, ready to destroy all human past and future achievements in a few minutes. We’ve been on the brink of self-annihilation for 70 years.
This month we commemorate the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The two bombs dropped on August 6 and 9, 1945, killed an estimated 200,000 men, women, and children, the great majority of whom were civilians. Nagasaki was the center of Japanese Catholicism in 1945.
We are honored to be partners with TASSC in the vital work of abolishing torture and holding accountable those who authorize it. May the cruelties and hardships endured rise as prayers to God to hasten the day when the evil of torture is eradicated from society.
To human appearances, Jesus and his mission were a failure. His way of nonviolent love of friends and enemies was shown to be ineffective and unrealistic. His friends abandoned and betrayed him; and his enemies tortured, mocked, and killed him. But we know that’s not the end of the story.