Aboard his papal flight from Japan back to Rome, Pope Francis said the Catechism will be changed to include not using or possessing nuclear arms.
On Sunday, Pope Francis spoke at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, the epicenter of the atomic bomb dropped during World War II. At the “Meeting for Peace,” he decried the use and possession of nuclear weapons as “immoral” and called for a universal nuclear disarmament as the only path to a true peace.
“How can we propose peace if we constantly invoke the threat of nuclear war as a legitimate recourse for the resolution of conflicts? A true peace can only be an unarmed peace.”
Aboard his papal flight Tuesday from Tokyo back to Rome, he reaffirmed the immorality of nuclear weapons during his in-flight press conference: “And there I reiterated that the use of nuclear weapons is immoral … Not only their use, but also possessing them.”
Pope Francis said that even just the possession of nuclear weapons is immoral “because an accident or the madness of some government leader, one person’s madness can destroy humanity.”
“The words of Einstein come to mind: ‘The Fourth World War will be fought with sticks and stones.'”
The potential for “atomic disaster” is the reason “why it must be added to the Catechism of the Catholic Church” not use or possess them.
In August 2018, Pope Francis also changed the Catechism to make the death penalty “inadmissible.” He also recently spoke of changing the Catechism to include “ecological sins” following the Synod on the Pan-Amazonian Region.