Why Should We Care About the Atomic Bomb?

The debate comes up every once in a while in Catholic circles, and it comes up below. I want to take issue with Brad Birzer a little, but with Tom Crowe a lot more. Because our acts of destruction in Hiroshima and Nagasaki were not only wrong, they were monumentally wrong in a way that changed us. America hasn’t had the same moral force ever since. Vatican II The Second Vatican Council conde... More

Equal to at least 625 Nagasakis. Perspective.

Our Lady of Nagasaki. Her crystal eyes were melted away by the blast. As Brad noted yesterday, the United States dropped an atomic bomb on Nagasaki, Japan, in August of 1945, the final and second-most significant major act of violence* in the Pacific theater of World War II. Anywhere from 60,000 to 80,000 were killed by this bomb. Assessing the guilt/innocence of each of those killed for the sins ... More

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