AUTHORMurnion, Philip J., Ed.
TITLECatholics and Nuclear War: A Commentary on The Challenge of Peace, the U.S. Catholic Bishops’ Pastoral Letter on War and Peace
PUBLISHERCrossroad
CITYNew York, NY
DATE PUBLISHED1983
ISBN0-8245-0600-6


This book contains sixteen essays evaluating and responding to The Challenge of Peace, a pastoral letter composed by U.S. Catholic bishops. The pastoral letter, included in the book, examines moral issues relating to nuclear weapons, condemns initiation of nuclear war and use of nuclear weapons on civilian targets, and advocates deep cuts in nuclear arsenals. The responding essays treat the history of church involvement in public policy, the relationship of moral judgment to public policy, the relationship of church to community, and the use of scripture as a moral guide. Additionally, essays present opposing views of pacifism and the just war tradition, as well as the morality of deterrence.


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