There are “no circumstances” in which modern-day Trident missiles can be used to justify the destruction that these weapons would cause, the Bishop of Chelmsford told the General Synod on Sunday.
“Others want to procure them. Our holding them only makes them seem more attractive to other nation states, often those with the most vicious and repellent governments.”
According to Hattie Williams writing in the Church Times here, the Synod had not debated nuclear weapons for 11 years
“That the Government had not signed the United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons was “hugely disappointing” and “looks like complacency”, he continued (Comment, 9 February).
He also questioned the billions of pounds spent on Trident, which would be better used elsewhere. His motion called on the Synod to welcome the Treaty, lobby the Government to prohibit the possession of nuclear weapons, and commit the Church to working with eccumenical partners to address regional and national security concerns.”
The following motion was carried, unamended, 260 votes in favour, 26 against: