Catholic Herald Reporter
ANGLICAN Bishops, Jesuit Fathers and German cabinet ministers have been attending a meeting, at Schloss Friedewald, near Cologne, of the Conference on Christian Approaches
to Defence and Disarmament.
They were invited by Bishop Kunst of the Evangelical Church, who is Chaplain-General to the West German Armed Forces. The Foreign Minister, Dr. Schroeder, and the Defence Minister. Herr Von Hassel, attended in person.
From Britain came the AngliCan Bishops of Chichester and Woolwich, and Fr. T. Corbishley, S.J., together with Rear-Admiral Sir Anthony Buzzard and Sir Michael Wright.
German visitors included the Jesuit professor, Fr. Hirschmann, and there too were some American theologians and the distinguished young Catholic writer Michael Novak, author of "The Open Church".
Mr. Kenneth Johnstone, chairman of the International Department of the British Council of Churches, presided at the discussions and the gathering included members of the Methodist Church, the Society of Friends and the United Church of Christ.
The Conference was founded a few years ago by the Bishop of London to promote discussions, between Church leaders and theologians on the one hand and senior political and defence experts on the other, on the moral aspects of current defence and disarmament policies.
POLICIES The aim is to keep the Churches abreast of material factors underlying defence problems, and to remind the defence experts of the moral implications so easily concealed by technical complextiy. By a confrontation of the two sides, it is hoped to evolve policies which are both morally tolerable and professionally sound.
The discussion started from a close survey of the defence and connected political problems of Central Europe, both in a regional and in a world setting. It went on to consider the responsibility, moral and political, for the control of nuclear policy within NATO.