1987 March 1 – 8th Sun Ord Time (Bulletin Letters)
February 25, 1987
THE DIOCESAN NUCLEAR TEST BAN DRIVE:
During Lent the Diocese of Des Moines will be embarking on a very important petition drive, the Diocesan Nuclear Test Ban Drive. In their May 3rd, 1983 Peace Pastoral the U.S. Catholic bishops called for an early and successful conclusion for a comprehensive Test Ban.” On May 3rd of this year our diocese will join many other dioceses around the nation and present our members in Congress with thousands of petitions calling for a realization of the Bishops’ goal. Bishop Dingman has charged the Catholic Peace Ministry Office with coordinating an education and action campaign this Lent in support of this critical first step. Starting this week and for the next six weeks there will be bulletin inserts with articles and information on the Test Ban. We will be issuing a petition in the bulletin for the week of April 4-5, which we hope people will sign and give back to us to be presented to our congressional members on May 3rd of this year.
It should be noted that every President since Eisenhower has urged just such a Test Ban Treaty with the exception of Ronald Reagan. Now that the Russians are ready to negotiate just such a treaty the Reagan administration is refusing to talk, WHY? Please read carefully the bulletin inserts the next few weeks and add your name to the petition and help us fulfill the desire of the U.S. Catholic Bishops on a comprehensive N-Test Ban Treaty.