AUTHORNational Conference of Catholic Bishops
TITLEThe Challenge of Peace: God's Promise and Our Response
PUBLISHERUnited States Catholic Conference
CITYWashington, D.C.
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This pastoral letter, written in the final years of the Cold War, discusses the Catholic church's stance on war and peace, focusing on nuclear issues. Using the principles and framework of the Catholic faith, the bishops explain why nuclear weapons should not be used and how peace can be achieved. They deal with deterrence, disarmament, nuclear war, national defense, and civil defense. The bishops stress that the use of nuclear weapons is a moral decision even more than a political or military one, and that the goals of national security do not justify the use of such weapons. The seminal document has served a reference point for moral discussions about the use of nuclear weapons.

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