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Title: Creating a community of conscience : an analysis of the context and content of the American Bishops' pastoral letter on war and peace
Author: Franz, Kevin Gerhard
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1992
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In May 1983 the National Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a pastoral letter on war and peace, bearing the title The Challenge of Peace. The final text, the work of an ad hoc committee chaired by Archbishop Joseph Bernardin, came at the end of a long process of preparation characterized by consultations with theologians, political scientists, peace activists, government officials and accompanied by wide debate within the catholic community. The committee's task was complemented by a high level of teaching activity by individual bishops, and by the interest of other Catholic hierarchies and the Holy See. The issuing of the pastoral did not mark the end of the American hierarchy's engagement with war and peace: an ad hoc committee was established to promote the pastoral within the church, and subsequently another was charged with the task of considering deterrence in the light of the pastoral's teaching. In the course of 1983 several hierarchies issued statements on war and peace. The American pastoral is of great interest not only for its teaching on war and peace but for what it reveals to an outsider of the teaching task of the church.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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