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Unformatted text preview: ENCYCLICAL LETTER Laborem exercens Addressed by the Supreme Pontiff JOHN PAUL II To his Venerable Brothers in the Episcopate, to the Priests, to the Religious Families to the Sons and Daughters of the Church, and to all Men and Women of Good Will On Human Work On the Ninetieth Anniversary of Rerum Novarum i http://www.catholic-pages.com/ Table of Contents I. INTRODUCTION 1 1. Human Work on the Ninetieth Anniversary of Rerum Novarum 1 2. In the Organic Development of the Church's Social Action 3 3. The Question of Work, the Key to the Social Question 5 II. WORK AND MAN 6 4. In the Book of Genesis 6 5. Work in the Objective Sense: Technology 8 6. Work in the Subjective Sense: Man as the Subject of Work 10 7. A Threat to the Right Order of Values 12 8. Worker Solidarity 14 9. Work and Personal Dignity 17 10. Work and Society: Family and Nation 19 III. CONFLICT BETWEEN LABOUR AND CAPITAL IN THE PRESENT PHASE OF HISTORY 21 11. Dimensions of the Conflict 21 12. The Priority of Labour 23 13. Economism and Materialism 25 14. Work and Ownership 28 15. The "Personalist" Argument 32 IV. RIGHTS OF WORKERS 33 16. Within the Broad Context of Human Rights 33 17. Direct and Indirect Employer 34 18. The Employment Issue 36 19. Wages and Other Social Benefits 39 20. Importance of Unions 41 21. Dignity of Agricultural Work 44 22. The Disabled Person and Work 45 23. Work and the Emigration Question 46 V. ELEMENTS FOR A SPIRITUALITY OF WORK 48 24. A Particular Task for the Church 48 25. Work as a Sharing in the Activity of the Creator 49 26. Christ, the Man of Work 51 27. Human Work in the Light of the Cross and the Resurrection of Christ 55 Laborem exercens Pope John Paul II Page 1 Downloaded from the Catholic Document Archive http://www.catholic-pages.com/documents/ Venerable Brothers and Dear Sons and Daughters, Greetings and apostolic Blessing THROUGH WORK man must earn his daily bread 1 and contribute to the continual advance of science and technology and, above all, to elevating unceasingly the cultural and moral level of the society within which he lives in community with those who belong to the same family. And work means any activity by man, whether manual or intellectual, whatever its nature or circumstances; it means any human activity that can and must be recognised as work, in the midst of all the many activities of which man is capable and to which he is predisposed by his very nature, by virtue of humanity itself. Man is made to be in the visible universe an image and likeness of God himself, 2 and he is placed in it in order to subdue the earth. 3 From the beginning therefore he is called to work. Work is one of the characteristics that distinguish man from the rest of creatures, whose activity for sustaining their lives cannot be called work. Only man is capable of work, and only man works, at the same time by work occupying his existence on earth. Thus work bears a particular mark of man and of humanity, the mark of a person operating within a community of persons. And this mark decides its interiorcommunity of persons....
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