Labor

"The rights of workers take priority over the maximization of profits"

Pope John Paul II,
Toronto, Canada, 1984



On the Condition of Workers Leo XIII: Rerum Novarum (1891)

On the Reconstruction of the Social Order Pius XI: Quadragesimo Anno (1931)

Christianity and Social Progress John XXIII: Mater et Magistra (1961)

On Human Work John Paul II: Laborem Exercens (1981)

Economic Justice for All U.S. Bishops' 1986 pastoral letter

Labor Day Statements of the United States Catholic Conference

Work and Wages From The Social Agenda. a publication of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace which provides a collection of Magisterial Texts

Some Concerns About Employment 1998 statement by the bishops of New Zealand

A Spirituality of Work By the Committee for the World of Work of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, January 2001

Voices and Choices A 2000 pastoral letter from the Catholic Bishops of the South on working conditions in the poultry industry

United We Stand: A Pastoral Letter on Unemployment 1999 pastoral Letter by Michael Malone, Catholic Bishop of Maitland-Newcastle, and Roger Herft, Anglican Bishop of Newcastle

Right to Organise and Collective Bargaining Convention By the International Labour Organisation; entered into force July 18, 1951

Workers' Representatives Convention By the International Labour Organisation; entered into force June 30, 1973

Labour Relations (Public Service) Convention By the International Labour Organisation; entered into force Feb. 25, 1981

Convention concerning the Promotion of Collective Bargaining By the International Labour Organisation; entered into force Aug. 11, 1983



The Church and the Workplace By Brian Lawrence in Eureka Street, February 2011

Participating in the New Creation: A Theological Appreciation of Work By Henry L. Novello in Compass: A Review of Topical Theology, Autumn 2010

Holy Working By Fr Aidan Nichols, OP, 2009

Wage Justice: A Pious Wish? By Walter Lesch, professor of social ethics and moral philosophy at the Catholic University of Louvain-la-Neuve, in Stimmen der Zeit, 2008

The Right to Unionize: A Basic Catholic Principle By Eduardo Moises Penalver in Commonweal, April 20, 2007

Labor's Future: Can Unions Restore the Dignity of Work? By John T. Joyce in Commonweal, Feb 10, 2006

Why a Right to a Job at a Living Wage? Chapter 1 of the book Ending Poverty as We Know It by William P. Quigley, 2003

Forum on the Meaning of the Priority of Labour Proceedings, the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, May 2003

Polish Traditions on Work By Jerzy W. Galkowski, 2002

Entitled Neighbors: A Biblical Perspective on Living Wage By Walter Brueggemann in The Witness, May 2002

Towards a Christian Spirituality of Work By Edith H. Raidt, St. Augustine College of South Africa, Johannesburg, 2001

Catholic Social Teaching and the "Right to Organize" By Marilynn P. Fleckenstein of Niagara University, March 1999

Bernard Lonergan on Work By Prof. Richard M. Liddy, Seton Hall University, 1999

Faith, Hope and Charity: Authentic Habits of a Christian Spirituality of Work By Michael Naughton, University of St. Thomas, MN, 1999

Giving Meaning to Work: the Spiritual Challenge of Our Time By Ingeborg Gabriel, Institute for Social Ethics, University of Vienna, Faculty of Catholic Theology, 1999

The Christian Humanization of Work: Job Satisfaction in the Hospitality Industry By Dr. James J. Spillane, S.J., 1999

Work as Participation in the Life of the Trinity By Deborah Savage, University of St. Thomas, 1999

Work, Social Structure and Leadership Spirituality and the Problem of Employment By Rafael Alvira, Navarra, Spain, 1999

Catholic Social Teaching and the "Right to Organize" By Marilynn P. Fleckenstein, Ph.D., Niagara University, 1999

Basic Income: Providing an Adequate Income For All By Charles M. A. Clark, Ph.D., Department of Economics, College of Business Administration, St. John's University, 1996

How Do We Understand Work? By Roy Cassin in The Way, 1994

The Spirit of Work By Thomas J. Cottle in The Way, 1994

Competition and Co-Operation at Work: The Choices Before Us By Theresa O'Donovan in The Way, 1994

The Humanization of Work and the Problem of Values By Erika Kvapilova, 1994

Labor Encyclicals Should Apply to Church Workers National Catholic Reporter, Sept 23, 1994

Church Accused of Workplace Injustices By Tim McCarthy in National Catholic Reporter, Jan 21, 1994

Read My Genes: Genetic Screening in the Workplace By Claire Andre and Manuel Velasquez in Issues in Ethics, a publication of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University, Fall 1991

Person, Work and Religious Tradition By John Farrelly, 1991

Do Unemployment Traps Cause Unemployment? From the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice in Ireland

Labor: A Suggestion for Rethinking the Way of the Christian By Vitor Westhelle, Evangelical Church of the Lutheran Confession in Brazil, Matelândia, Paraná, Brazil, in Word & World, 1986

Faith, Work, and Economic Structures By Richard Luecke, Community Renewal Society, Chicago, Illinois, in Word & World, 1984

Vocation, Work, and Work for Pay By Mark Gibbs, The Audenshaw Foundation, London, England, in Word & World, 1984

When Working Is Over or, When Working Takes on a Unique Transformation By Martin J. Heinecken, Middlebury, Vermont, in Word & World, 1984

Work and Play By Dorothy Berridge in The Way, 1968

Work and Man By Peter Hebblethwaite in The Way, 1968

No Idle God By John L. McKenzie in The Way, 1968

Work By Dorothy Day in The Catholic Worker, October 1949

The Church and Work By Dorothy Day in The Catholic Worker, September 1946

Labor By Joseph Jacobs and  Kaufmann Kohler in the Jewish Encyclopedia, 1906

Labor/Work Articles from the magazine Salt of the Earth



Laboring for Justice Celebrating the life and career of Presidential Medal of Freedom Honoree Monsignor George G. Higgins and his lifetime of service to the cause of workers' rights

Catholic-Labor Network The Catholic-Labor Network hopes to be a place for those Catholics, lay, religious and clergy, who are active in their churches and in unions to learn about their Church's teachings as regards to labor issues, pray for those who are working for economic justice and share information about events and struggles that may be taking place in their area

What Faith Groups Say about the Right to Organize

National Interfaith Committee For Worker Justice We are people of faith who educate, organize, and mobilize the religious community in the U.S. on issues and campaigns that will improve wages, benefits, and working conditions for workers, especially low-wage workers.

Higgins Labor Study Program At the University of Notre Dame



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