Most church groups and prominent religious voices speaking to the Iran nuclear deal are supportive. Most notable among them is the U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops.
In April, Bishop Oscar Cantú of Las Cruces, who leads the U.S. Catholic bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace, wrote members of Congress to hail the accord as an “important step in advancing a peaceful resolution.” He quoted Pope Francis, who prayed that, “the framework…may be a definitive step toward a more secure and fraternal world.”
Cantu cited the “unacceptable prospect of Iran developing nuclear weapons,” and he noted “Iran’s statements and actions have threatened its neighbors, especially Israel, and contributed to instability in the region.” But he warned against congressional interference, concerned that the “alternative to an agreement leads toward armed conflict, an outcome of profound concern to the Church.”
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