Nuclear Bombings vs. Catholic Social Teaching

Nuclear Bombings vs. Catholic Social Teaching June 6, 2016


Nagasaki, Japan, before and after the atomic bombing of August 9, 1945 [public domain / Wikimedia Commons]


These are old Blogspot papers of mine. Please allow a minute or two to upload and select archived versions from July 2015 or earlier.


The Nuclear Bombings of Japan: Consistent with Catholic Just War Standards? (+ Part Two / Part Three / Part Four) [August-September 2005; link to “Part Four” says “Part III”]

On Whether the Catholic Ethical Principle of “Double Effect” Can Justify the Nuclear Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki [8-28-05]

Declassified Top Secret Documents From Harry Truman and Others Reveal Discussions and Qualms Concerning the Morality of Nuking Japan [8-29-05]

The Hiroshima and Nagasaki Debate: Did I Commit the Fallacy of Appeal to Authority or Call My Opponents “Murderers”? [9-10-05]

Popes Pius XII, Paul VI, John Paul II, Vatican II, the CCC, and US Bishops on the Morality of Nuking Japan [1-23-06]

Further Catholic Reflections on the Ethics of Hiroshima and Nagasaki [1-28-06; revised 10-23-06]

Analysis of Gaudium et spes with Regard to Nuclear Strikes [2-1-06]

9000-9600 Catholics Killed at Nagasaki in August 1945 [8-28-06]

Japanese “Universal” Military Conscription in World War II: Justification for Nuclear Bombings? [5-25-08]

Has Pope Benedict XVI Condemned the Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki as Intrinsically Immoral Acts? [10-12-09]

The Real Reason America Used Nuclear Weapons Against Japan. It Was Not To End the War Or Save Lives (Washington’s Blog, 11-2-12)

Catholic Nuclear Ethics: Friendly Dialogue (vs. Deacon Jim Russell) [6-8-16]

Vigorous (but Civil) Facebook discussion of the issue [June 2016; many participants]


Meta Description: I contend in several papers that the nuclear bombing of Japan is undeniably irreconcilable with Catholic social teaching and morality.

Meta Keywords: nuclear war, nuclear ethics, just war theory, attacking civilians, Hiroshima, Nagasaki, World War II, ethics in warfare, Catholic social teaching, bombing of cities, nuclear bombing of Japan, Catholic morality, mass murder, terrorist attacks

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