The Pope and the Bomb: Beyond Deterrence

Georgetown University, McCarthy Hall McShain Lounge
8:45 a.m.–5:45 p.m., January 31, 2020

Pope Francis has condemned nuclear deterrence, ratified the Treaty to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons, and been a leader in the campaign for a world without nuclear weapons. In an address in Hiroshima November 24, 2019, he declared that “the use of atomic energy for purposes of war is today, more than ever, a crime not only against the dignity of human beings but against any possible future for our common home.”

This workshop will address the current state of nuclear geopolitics, alternative approaches to nuclear disarmament, and moral and pastoral implications of the Catholic Church’s evolving position on deterrence and nuclear disarmament.

This event is made possible, in part, by a generous grant from the Nuclear Threat Initiative. It is co-sponsored by the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame Keough School of Global Affairs; the Initiative on Revitalizing Catholic Engagement on Nuclear Disarmament, a collaboration of Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs; and the Catholic Peacebuilding Network. 

RSVP required. 

Related event: Pope Francis’ Vision of Peace


Kevin G. Ahern

Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Manhattan College

William Barbieri

Associate Professor of Ethics and Director, Peace and Justice Studies Program, Catholic University of America

Alexandra Bell

Senior Policy Director, Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation

John Carr

Director, Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life, Georgetown University

Drew Christiansen

Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Human Development, Georgetown School of Foreign Service

Erin Connolly

Associate Program Director, Girl Security; MGA '21

David Cortright

Director of Policy Studies, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, Keough School of Global Affairs, University of Notre Dame

James E. Goodby

Annenberg Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Stanford University Hoover Institution

Jonathan Granoff

President, Global Security Institute; Chair, Task Force on Nuclear Non-proliferation; Advisor, Committee on National Security of the International Law Section, American Bar Association

Bonnie Jenkins

Founder and President, Women of Color Advancing Peace, Security and Conflict Transformation (WCAPS); Nonresident Fellow, Brookings Institution; President, Global Connections Empowering Global Change LLC

Lucas Koach

Director, Office of International Justice and Peace for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)

Richard A. Love

Professor of Peacekeeping and Stability Operations and Assistant Director, Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute, United States Army War College

Maryann Cusimano Love

Professor of International Relations, Catholic University of America

Marilyn McMorrow

Associate Professor in the Department of Government, Georgetown University

Alessio Pecorario

Senior Official, Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development of the Holy See-Vatican City State

Margaret R. Pfeil

Faculty Fellow, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, Keough School of Global Affairs, University of Notre Dame

Gerard Powers

Director, Catholic Peacebuilding Studies, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame

Leon Ratz

Senior Program Officer, Nuclear Threat Initiative

William Werpehowski

Robert L. McDevitt, K.S.G., K.C.H.S. and Catherine H. McDevitt L.C.H.S. Chair, Catholic Theology, Georgetown University