Advocates Corner

The Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) published “Seven Themes of Catholic Social Teaching” on their website []. This article considers, The Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers. USCCB writes: “The economy must serve people, not the other way around. Work is more than a way to make a living; it is a form of continuing participation in God’s creation. If the dignity of work is to be protected, then the rights of workers must be respected – the right to productive work, to decent and fair wages, to the organization and joining of unions, to private property and to economic initiative.”

USCCB quotes Pope Francis, The Joy of the Gospel: “Growth in justice requires more than economic growth…it requires decisions, programs, mechanisms and processes specifically geared to a better distribution of income, the creation of sources of employment and an integral promotion of the poor which goes beyond a simple welfare mentality.” USCCB quotes Pope Benedict XVI, Charity in Truth: “I would like to remind everyone, especially governments engaged in boosting the world’s economic and social assets, that the primary capital to be safeguarded and valued is…the human person in his or her integrity…the source, the focus and the aim of all economic and social life.”

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