9/6/2012 11:46:00 AM
(Editor’s note: A draft version of this column appeared in the Sept. 6 issue. Here is the final version.)
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Some on the political “right” espouse a version of libertarianism which is anti-government. This is at odds with the insights summarized in the Catechism. They paraphrase the American founders to imply that the existence of government itself is the problem. Some on the political “left” seem to want to federalize everything. They think that our obligations in solidarity means establishing more federal government programs. They are wrong.
September 6th, 2012
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WASHINGTON,DC (Catholic Online) – We are finally done with the political conventions which precede the Fall Presidential campaign in the United States. The airwaves will soon be filled with even more charged political commercials. The Presidential and Vice Presidential debates will soon occur and, before we know it, we will be at the ballot box.
Anyone who reads me regularly, knows that I am convinced this election is one of the most important in my lifetime, given all that is at stake. However, I write to address an underlying issue which has not yet been properly addressed by either Major Political Party, the role of government in civil society.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church makes some observations concerning society: “All men are called to the same end: God himself. There is a certain resemblance between the union of the divine persons and the fraternity that men are to establish among themselves in truth and love. Love of neighbor is inseparable from love for God”. Read more
To the Editor
Bishop Stephen E. Blaire, speaking for the bishops, states: “At their best, unions demonstrate solidarity by bringing workers together to speak and act collectively to protect their rights and pursue the common good. Unions are a sign of subsidiarity by forming associations of workers to have a voice, articulate their needs, and bargain and negotiate with the large economic institutions and structures of government.”
Further, Blaire states: “Indeed, economic renewal that places working people and their families at the center of economic life cannot take place without effective unions.”
The Trustees of Duquesne University should exercise their religious and civic freedom by removing any moral or legal obstacles that threaten the natural right of adjunct professors to join in fellowship to bargain collectively.
Catholic Scholars for Worker Justice
Promoting Catholic Social Teaching on the Indispensible Role of Unions for Every Profession
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Port Arthur, Texas, Sep 3, 2012 / 06:32 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Catholic priest involved in labor advocacy says that Labor Day is a time to reflect on Catholic teaching about the role of work in society and in God’s plan for mankind.
“Labor Day is just really an opportunity to focus not on the secular world, but on what our Church teaches,” Father Sinclair Oubre, spiritual moderator of the Catholic Labor Network, told CNA Aug. 30.
Fr. Oubre is pastor of St. John the Evangelist Parish in Port Arthur, Texas, in addition to his duties with the Catholic Labor Network. He said his network aims to “re-establish the wonderful tradition” of Catholic social teaching on labor, the dignity of workers, and their right to organize a union.
“The roots of Labor Day are Catholic,” he said. While the origins of the annual September holiday are disputed, the priest credits 19th-century Catholic labor activist Peter J. McGuire with founding the holiday. Read more
Cardinal Turkson calls for an FTT for the common good
Written by CIDSE
Cardinal Turkson calls for a Financial Transaction Tax (FTT) for the common good on the eve of EU summit (Soesterberg/Brussels, 26 January 2012)
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On the eve of a special EU summit on the Eurozone crisis (30 january 2012), Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson, President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, supported the adoption of a tax on financial transactions, calling for a financial sector which creates wealth for the society as a whole. Cardinal Turkson intervened at the annual Board of Directors meeting of the international alliance of Catholic development agencies CIDSE, which has long advocated for an FTT. Read more
Vatican City, Aug 24, 2012 / 04:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI told a group of lay people this week that the world needs their courageous and credible testimony to bring the hope of the Gospel to all areas of society.
In a message sent to the International Forum of Catholic Action in Iasi, Romania, the Pope reflected on the laity’s responsibility to the Church and society, reported Vatican daily L’Osservatore Romano. Read more
Placing Work and Workers at the Center of Economic Life
Bishop Stephen E. Blaire, Bishop of Stockton
Chairman, Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
September 3, 2012
This Labor Day, our country continues to struggle with a broken economy that is not producing enough decent jobs. Millions of Americans suffer from unemployment, underemployment or are living in poverty as their basic needs too often go unmet. This represents a serious economic and moral failure for our nation. As people of faith, we are called to stand with those left behind, offer our solidarity, and join forces with “the least of these” to help meet their basic needs. We seek national economic renewal that places working people and their families at the center of economic life.
The Broken Economy Leaves Too Many Without Decent Work
Officially over 12 million workers are looking for work but cannot find a job and millions more have actually given up seeking employment. Millions more are underemployed; they are willing and able to work full time, but there are not enough jobs available. Over ten million families are “working poor”–they work hard, but their jobs do not pay enough to meet their basic needs. The sad fact is that over 46 million people live in poverty and, most disturbingly, over 16 million children grow up poor in our nation. The link between joblessness and poverty is undeniable, as Pope Benedict points out:
In many cases, poverty results from a violation of the dignity of human work, either because work opportunities are limited (through unemployment or underemployment), or “because a low value is put on work and the rights that flow from it, especially the right to a just wage and to the personal security of the worker and his or her family” (Caritas in Veritate, no. 63). Read more
David Gibson | Apr 26, 2012 |
The Wisconsin Republican and architect of the GOP’s budget plan has spent a month arguing that his party’s proposals to cut programs for the needy while sparing the Defense Department and not raising taxes on the wealthy are in line with the social justice teaching of his own Catholic Church.
And for just as long, Catholic groups and theologians — and even the Catholic bishops — have been saying that in fact the GOP plan fails to meet the basic “moral criteria” of Catholic teaching.
Undaunted, Ryan returned to the fray this week. He penned a column on Thursday (April 26) in the conservative National Catholic Register saying that the House-passed budget reflects “Catholic social truths.” That same day, he visited Georgetown University, the flagship Jesuit school and decidedly hostile terrain for Ryan’s strain of economic libertarianism, where he argued for his budget’s priorities despite vocal and visible protests by faculty and students. Read more