By Fr. Fred Kammer, S.J.
Jesuits articulated the mission of faith and justice most dramatically in the 1970s, following two major Catholic events. First was the Second Vatican Council and its 1965 declaration that:
The joys and hopes, the griefs and the anxieties of the people of this age, especially those who are poor in any way afflicted, these too are the joys and hopes, the griefs and the anxieties of the followers of Christ. 
The second was the Synod of Bishops in 1971, which taught that "action for justice [is] a constitutive element of the preaching of the gospel..."