Laborem Exercens – Summary

Laborem Exercens – Summary

(SEPTEMBER 14, 1981)

VATICAN CITY, DEC 4, 1997 (VIS) – John Paul II wrote the Encyclical “Laborem Exercens” in 1981, on the occasion of the 90th anniversary of Leo XIII’s Encyclical “Rerum Novarum” on the question of labor. It was signed on September 14, feast of the Holy Cross.

In it he develops the concept of man’s dignity in work, structuring it in four points: the subordination of work to man; the primacy of the worker over the whole of instruments and conditioning that historically constitute the world of labor; the rights of the human person as the determining factor of all socio-economic, technological and productive processes, that must be recognized; and some elements that can help all men identify with Christ through their own work.

The Encyclical has an introduction and four chapters: “Work and Man,” “Conflict Between Labor and Capital in the Present Phase of History,” “Rights of Workers,” and “Elements for a Spirituality of Work.” Continue reading “Laborem Exercens – Summary”

Reflection of Archbishop Diarmuid Martin to mark Workers Memorial Day 2010

Reflection of Archbishop Diarmuid Martin to mark Workers Memorial Day 2010

PRESS RELEASE
28 April 2010

Reflection of Archbishop Diarmuid Martin at Ceremony of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions in Dublin Castle to mark Workers Memorial Day 2010

People are at the heart of a modern economy.  A knowledge-based economy is driven, above all, by the creativity and capacity and innovation of people.    Investment in people is therefore the most significant long-term investment in building a solid economy.A people-centred approach to economy will also be one which does not separate economy and society.  Human creativity best emerges from a society where participation is fostered; human creativity best emerges from a society which invests in a focussed way in human capacity and talent.  A healthy society is one which invests in its people at every stage of their lives.

People are the natural wealth of any society and every person, young or old, should be enabled as far as possible to bring their contribution to society at the highest possible level for as long as possible.  Poverty is the inability to achieve God given talent.  It is not just lack of monetary ability.    Continue reading “Reflection of Archbishop Diarmuid Martin to mark Workers Memorial Day 2010”