Bishop Richard Pates penned a blog post for the U.S. Conference of Catholic bishops in celebration of the Year of Faith and the 50th anniversary of Vatican II. In his blog post, he writes about "Gaudium et Spes" (Joy and Hope) which addressed peace, war and justice.
"There is a profound link between peace and justice," Bishop Pates wrote. "War robs the world of the resources to address poverty, and poverty and injustice increase violence. In the poignant words of the Council, "the arms race is an utterly treacherous trap for humanity, and one which injures the poor to an intolerable degree.' 'Gaudium et Spes' spurred a dramatic commitment to justice and peace among Catholics, a moral imperative that continues today."