Japanese Bishops Defend Peace Constitution

"The latest backtracking on the principles of the Peace Constitution obstructs the easing of tensions in East Asia so that dialogue and trust among nations will be beyond our reach." Catholic Bishops Conference of Japan, Statement, 3 July 2014The Catholic Bishops of Japan are concerned that new interpretations of the country’s Constitution undermine its Preamble and Article 9 which call for peace and renounce war.

“We, the Catholic Church, are convinced that it is false to think that security can be ensured by military buildup and the use of force,” they said.

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