Our Unfinished Business

Phillip Berryman, Author, Wendy Wolf, Editor Pantheon Books $8.95 (0p) ISBN 978-0-679-73963-0
In 1983, U.S. Catholic bishops published The Challenge of Peace , a treatise on nuclear arms; in 1986, they brought out Economic Justice for All . Based on Arthur Schlesinger Jr.'s prediction that the 1990s will be an era of social activism and reform, Berryman ( Liberation Theology ) believes that the time is ripe to ``explicate'' these pastoral letters and ``their import for the United States.'' Writing with clarity and precision, he summarizes the documents and places them in a Catholic and American context. The book illuminates the bishops' forceful ideas on religious morality, the nuclear arms race (`` `May a nation threaten what it may never do?' '') and economic justice but is flawed by Berryman's predictably partisan commentary and by digressive discussions (e.g., a detailed critique of the bishops' relativism on nuclear deterrence in contrast to their absolutism on abortion). (Mar.)
Reviewed on: 02/01/1989
Release date: 02/01/1989
Hardcover - 204 pages - 978-0-394-56348-0
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