Social Doctrine of The Church and Work
Social doctrine of the Church and work

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The Church through multiple encyclical and apostolic letters and supported in the Sacred Scriptures, has been shaping a complete documentation of guidance for the social, cultural, political and economic sphere, which is known as the social doctrine of the Church. In it, the reader who considers it can find help or support for a better reflection on some of the topics that are addressed on our site. However, given the breadth and variety of thoughts and orientations contained in multiple church documents, it is not possible to cite or reproduce them on our site. 

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In the presentation of this Portal, it is read, among other concepts: these pronouncements have been sprouting from the heart of the Church for a world that desperately needs a moral vision to build a more humane social order. The Church does not intend to offer scientific solutions to economic and social problems in the form of political prescriptions or detailed legal requirements. What it offers is much more important: a set of moral ideals and values that stand out and affirm the dignity of man. The application of such principles to the different economic, political and social realities can bring greater justice and peace for all the world, authentic human development and liberation from oppression, poverty and obedience for peoples (François-Xavier Nguyên Cardinal Van Thuân, President of the Pontifical Council "Justice and Peace. May 1, 2000) 


Some quotes-as illustrative-: 

«In the social doctrine of the Church occupies an important place the right to a dignified work. Therefore, given the high unemployment rates that affect many American countries and the harsh conditions in which there are not a few workers in the industry and in the field, it is necessary to assess the work as a dimension of realization and dignity of the human person. It is an ethical responsibility of an organized society to promote and support a culture of work » (Ecclesia in America 54). 

«In the context of the Third World they retain all their validity and in some cases are still a goal to reach the objectives indicated by the Rerum Novarum, to prevent the work of man and man himself to be reduced to the level of simple commodity: the enough salary for family life, social insurance for old age and unemployment, adequate guardianship of working conditions» (Centesimus Annus 34). 

« "The poor" are in various forms; they appear in different places and at different times; they appear in many cases as a result of the violation of the dignity of human labor: either because the possibilities of work are limited, i.e. -by the plague of unemployment-, either because the work and the rights flowing from it are depreciated, especially the right to a fair wage, to the safety of the person of the worker and of his family » (Laborem Exercens 8). 

Finally, we must point out that the Church in its encyclical of Pope John Paul II Laborem Exercens promulgated on September 14, 1981 on the occasion of the anniversary of the Rerum Novarum (1891), expressly refers to the topic of human labor. 



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