Sunday, March 06, 2011

The Catholic Church & The Labor Unions


"Catholic Archbishop Jerome Listecki of Milwaukee – speaking as President of the Wisconsin Catholic Conference – issued a defense of workers’ right to organize and bargain collectively. The WCC “Statement Regarding the Rights of Workers and the Value of Unions” was released on February 16.

Among other assertions, Archbishop Listecki's statement declares:

The Church is well aware that difficult economic times call for hard choices and financial responsibility to further the common good… But hard times do not nullify the moral obligation each of us has to respect the legitimate rights of workers...

...Governments, for reasons of economic utility, often limit the freedom or the negotiating capacity of labour unions. Hence traditional networks of solidarity have more and more obstacles to overcome. The repeated calls issued within the Church's social doctrine, beginning with Rerum Novarum, for the promotion of workers' associations that can defend their rights must therefore be honoured today even more than in the past.
(Read the entire statement here)

I have an idea...how about ALL the Catholic churches in Wisconsin sell off each and every golden calf giant golden cross, Jesus and Mary statue and Big golden vase and pillar in all of their parishes to make up for the lack of state funds for the teachers' pensions.

THEN, in addition, they could stop charging parishioners for performing funerals, Christenings and freeing relatives from some limbo that doesn't even exist in the Bible.

*crickets* No? They won't do that? Yeah. Didn't think so.

Don't look at me...they started it.

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