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The Reagan administration’s defense build-up helped spark a mass movement against nuclear weapons. One of the key anti-nuclear documents during this time was “The Challenge of Peace: God’s Promise and Our Response,” issued by the Roman Catholic Bishops of the United States in May 1983. Grounding opposition to nuclear armaments and nuclear war in the teachings of Jesus Christ, the bishops’ pastoral letter posed a significant challenge to the Reagan administration’s arms buildup.

Source: National Conference of Catholic Bishops, “The Challenge of Peace: God’s Promise and Our Response.” Copyright © 1983 by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Inc.; Washington, D.C. All rights reserved.

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