Film on Catholic anti-nuclear protests coming to Pittsburgh area June 1-3
A documentary that explores the anti-nuclear protests of a group of Roman Catholic nuns and priests in 2009 and 2012 will be screened at four locations in Allegheny and Westmoreland counties June 1-3.
“The Nuns, The Priests and The Bombs,” directed by Helen Young, follows the exploits of Sister Megan Rice, a member of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus, Sacred Heart Sister Anne Montgomery and Jesuit priests Stephen Kelly and Bill Bichsel.
Rice, 88, spent two years in prison after she broke into the Y-12 National Security Complex, known as the “Fort Knox of uranium,” in Oak Ridge, Tenn., in 2012. The facility creates and houses materials for making nuclear weapons, according to Catholic News Service .
“Rice, then 82, and two middle-age companions cut through fences and reached the warehouse that stores bomb-making uranium. There, they splashed blood on the wall, hung banners and spray-painted messages condemning nuclear weapons,” according to CNS.
The screenings are free and open to the public. An offering will be taken to raise funds for the film's translation into Japanese and Spanish, and to support the Stop Banking the Bomb Campaign in Pittsburgh .