The Hiroshima-Nagasaki Commemoration Committee and
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Peace advocates plan to apologize for nuclear bombings
Posted on July 8, 2009 by Dennis Sadowski
A group of faith-based peace activists will lead a small contingent to
“We want to acknowledge the tremendous damage done by our country, by
what has happened,” long time
Father Bill Bichsel told Catholic News Service. “We wish to attach
ourselves to the continued work of nuclear abolition.”
The trip gets under way July 31. Sixteen people from various faith
traditions will make the journey to the two cities on the
anniversaries of the bombings: Aug. 6 for
Franciscan Father Louis Vitale, Catholic Worker and
Tom Karlin and Mitch Kohjima, a former Buddhist monk.
Father Bichsel, 81, who has committed acts of civil disobedience to
express his opposition to the nuclear weapons present at the Naval
Base Kitsap near
to coordinate activities.
The apology is necessary in order to begin to repent for the sins of
war, Father Bichsel said.
“What we have done not only has inflicted tremendous damage on the
Japanese, it also has done tremendous damaged on the (American) people
when we don’t remember what we have done,” he said.