LaboremExercians

LaboremExercians - Sam Mooney November 24, 2008 Catholic...

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November 24, 2008 Catholic Social Thought / Fr. Rigali Laborem Exercens: Human Work on God’s Earth In chapter seven of Bernard Brady’s text, Essential Catholic Social Thought, the idea of Human Work on God’s Earth is focused on, as communicated through Pope John Paul II’s 1981 encyclical. He offers a moral examination of the conditions of labor, the rights of the workers, unions, and the moral economic order. John Paul additionally calls us to examine who we are and who we have become as a result of work. The encyclical is divided into four sections. The first looks at the worker as a person. The second section attempts to mediate and better explain the tension between workers and owners (labor & capital). In the third section, John Paul affirms rights of workers in a modern world. In the fourth and final section, the pope offers “ideas for a spirituality of work,” (185). “The church’s social teaching is a rich treasure of wisdom about building a just society and living lives of holiness amidst the challenges of modern society,” (11). In a time when we need it most, the Gospel of life and the biblical call to justice need to be proclaimed and shared. To help understand the way in which this is done, and to reflect on how to behave in accord, there are a number of key principles at the heart of our Catholic social tradition that lead us in the right direction. These are laid out in the first chapter and are: 1. Life and Dignity of the Human Person ; 2. The Common Good ; 3. Subsidiarity ; 4. Solidarity. In the following essay, these principles will be shown in relation and support of the human worker in today’s world. First, we focus on the worker as a person. According to John Paul, work must be
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