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Communion, not competition, is key to job growth, pope says

Communion, not competition, is key to job growth, pope says

In this file photo, Pope Francis smiles during an audience in the Paul VI hall at the Vatican. (Credit: Claudio Peri/EPA via CNS.)

Pope Francis says the economy is part of human life, not some autonomous machine, and so it must be regulated either by governments or by input from people who know that making money is not the highest human value. “In the world of work, communion must be victorious over competition,” he said.

ROME – Working for economic growth based on increased consumption without concern for creating dignified jobs and protecting the environment “is a bit like riding a bicycle with a flat tire: It’s dangerous,” Pope Francis said.

The dignity of workers and the health of the environment “are mortified when workers are just a line on a balance sheet, when the cries of the discarded are ignored,” he said Oct. 26 in a video message.

Addressing participants at a week-long Italian conference on Catholic social teaching, Francis noted how many people in the Bible are defined by their work: Sowers, harvesters, vine dressers, fishers, shepherds and carpenters, like St. Joseph.

Work can give people dignity by allowing them to use their talents to support themselves and their families and contribute to society, the pope said. But “there are jobs that humiliate human dignity” like prostitution and child labor or “offend the worker’s dignity,” like jobs that pay under the table, offer only a series of temporary contracts or do not pay enough attention to worker safety.

“This is immoral,” the pope said. “This kills. It kills dignity, kills health, kills the family, kills society.”

Francis noted that Catholic social teaching formally began in 1891 with Pope Leo XIII’s encyclical “Rerum Novarum,” which he said was written to “defend workers” from exploitation and to combat child labor, 12-hour workdays and poor working conditions in factories.

The Church’s concern for workers continues today, he said, and extends to those without work, those who are so discouraged they have stopped looking for a job, those who are underemployed and those who live in fear of losing their jobs.

The economy is part of human life, not some autonomous machine, and so it must be regulated either by governments or by input from people who know that making money is not the highest human value, he said.

“In the world of work, communion must be victorious over competition,” he said. Owners have a responsibility to invest in their workers and workers have a responsibility to do their best to make that investment pay off.

And, he said, governments have a role to play as well. Using the example of taking bids for public works, Francis said governments cannot focus only on getting the lowest bid “without taking into account the dignity of labor as well as the environmental and fiscal responsibility of the company.”


Good morning.
I would like to have the information about the National Convocation of Priests on April 2018.
Have a Blessed day.

NFPC This Week, #731 – 10/22-10/28/2017

Of Note This Week – 

Editor’s Note: A word of gratitude!

We received about 12 responses to our “Inquiry” of the past two weeks from a Midwestern diocese seeking information about priests’ liability insurance.  The responses came from Vicars for Priests and Presbyteral Council chairmen.  We are passing the information on and are deeply grateful for the care and involvement of those who responded. Many thanks!

Council Notes from Green Bay (August 2017)

The Green Bay Council began its August meeting with a motion to nominate Father Joe Sember as Chairman and Father Dinh Van-Thiep as Vice-Chairman. The motion was unanimously approved.

  • Bishop Ricken discussed a draft of a letter recommending each parish celebrate a Votive Mass for the Blessed Virgin Mary on Oct. 9, beginning in 2018.
  • A draft of Diocesan Policy Concerning the Rite for Distributing Holy Communion outside of Mass with the Celebration of the Word was discussed.
  • A discussion took place on the connection of the mission, vision, culture and culture values. Minutes note that the mission is driving everything. Missionary discipleship is hoped-for outcome.
  • An organizational consulting firm is rendering assistance.
  • An emphasis is to move form maintenance to mission. To move from a corporate to missionary discipleship model.
  • Another emphasis is to move from departments to teams.
  • Key words and actions to build missionary disciples are communicate, encourage, support, trust, accompany, and empower at all levels.
  • An extensive discussion of the Catholic Schools Study. A consulting group assisted with the process. There are four overarching features:
    • Schools of Discipleship
    • Governance and Leadership,
    • Academic excellence
    • Operational vitality.
  • All tie in with focus of diocesan mission and vision: missionary discipleship.
  • Near the end of the meeting members and diocesan leaders discussed ways to gather resources to fund the project.  A capital campaign was discussed.
  • The Catholic Foundation will be a partner in the project.
  • A motion was made and unanimously passed to proceed with a feasibility of the diocesan capital campaign. Finally, Leadership Formation, which is the critical part of Phase II of Disciples on the Way.

Council Notes from Birmingham (August 2017)

A proposal was made at the August meeting of the Birmingham Council to postpone the election of Council officers until February 2018 in light of the fact that officers can serve two consecutive terms. A motion was made and approved to retain the current slate of officers.

  • Members recommended that Catholic Charities be brought into the conversation concerning the request of the Fraternity of the Poor of Jesus Christ, a public association of the faithful to establish a ministry in the diocese. The Brazilian-based association has an outpost in Kansas City, KS
  • A discussion took place in reference to the diocesan evangelization program. Suggestions from the July Orlando Convocation of Catholic Leaders event were mentioned.  Discipleship training, outreach to youth small groups and high school students is key. was listed as a resource.  Bishop Baker added that stewardship and mission needed to be emphasized as well.
  • Minutes referred to a discussion regarding a recent meeting focusing on financing/subsidizing Catholic schools. Funding is tenuous in some cases. A suggestion was made to have some parishes without schools to partner with struggling schools. Other models beside the parish model of schools are on the table. Transportation choice to a central school location is important, as is civic support.
  • Members then discussed health insurance for retired priests. A suggestion was made to consult retired priests. Various features of the different policies were noted. A motion was made and passed to move forward. Implementation effective Jan. 1, 2018.
  • A program called Telemedicine for diocesan employees was discussed.
  • Finally, a new way to calculate Paid Time Off was discussed. Vacation and sick time would be wrapped into the new formulation.  A motion was made and unanimously passed to recommend the new formulation.

In letter, Pope Francis clarifies liturgical translation norms

In NFPC This Week issue number 725, we wrote about Pope Francis’ motu proprio, Magnum Principium released on Sept. 9.

In the weeks that followed, the prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments, Cardinal Robert Sarah, wrote a commentary seeming to indicate that the Vatican had the final word in liturgical translations. The commentary, which appeared in a French Catholic journal, L’ Homme Nouveau, focused on two key words of Canon 838, i.e.  – that the Holy See is to recognize (recongnitio) and confirm (confirmation) “translations that are “faithfully” prepared by bishops’ conferences and approved and published by them after the Holy See’s confirmatio.”

In the letter to Cardinal Sarah, released on Oct 22, Pope Francis said he wanted to “avoid any misunderstanding,” insisting the commentary could give an erroneous impression that the level of involvement of the congregation remained unchanged.”

In the letter to Cardinal Sarah, Pope Francis emphasizes the “clear difference” that the new Motu Proprio establishes between recognitio (verification) and confirmatio (confirmation).

For the Catholic News Service (Oct. 23, 2017) report, click here.

For the Catholic News Agency (Oct. 23, 2017) report, click here.

For the Zenit News Agency (Oct. 22, 1027) report [contains pope’s letter to Cardinal Sarah], click here.

For the National Catholic Register (Oct. 13, 2107) report [contains Cardinal Sarah’s  “Commentary”], click here.


Does one-size-fits-all approach to Amoris Laetitia work?

A conference was held on Oct. 5 and 6 called “Amoris Laetitia: A New Momentum for Moral Formation and Pastoral Practice” organized by Cardinal Blase Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago and Jesuit Father James Keenan, a moral theologian and Director of the Jesuit Institute at Boston College. It was held at Boston College.

At a first-of-its-kind conference for U.S. bishops and theologians to consider how to better implement Amoris Laetitia, Francis’ 2016 apostolic exhortation on family life, Cupich said the pope focuses on how “God has chosen to reveal the divine reality in the privileged place of family life.”

We’ve put together a number of links that describe discussions and events at the conference. The Jesuit Institute will publish the 5 panel discussions and Paulist Press will publish the 15 presentations from the conference.

NCR (Oct. 9, 2017), Conference on Amoris was dialogical, grounded in reality, Michael Sean Winters, click here.

NCR (Oct. 10, 2017), Amoris Laetitia conference signals big changes, highlights problems left, Michael Sean Winters, click here.

NCR, (Oct. 6, 2017), Bishops deliberate whether one rule applies to all divorced people after ‘Amoris Laetitia,’ Joshua McElwee, click here.

NCR (Oct. 10, 2017), Conference revisits Amoris Laetitia, Fr. Thomas Reese, SJ, click here.

NCR (Oct. 9, 2017), What I learned from organizing, participating in Boston’s “Amoris Laetitia” event Fr. James Keenan, SJ, click here.


Conversation with Cardinal Blase Cupich and Mark Wahlberg 

On Friday, Oct. 20, Cardinal Blase Cupich and actor, model, pop star, Mark Wahlberg teamed up to host a faith night at UIC Pavilion in Chicago in order to draw young people into the Catholic Church. The name of the event was (re)ENCOUNTER

Wahlberg who was convicted of assault at the age of 16 and quit gang life in his native Boston with the help of Father James Flavin, speaks on stage about what his Catholic faith means to him.

Below is a link to a 28-minute YouTube video of a conversation at (re)ENCOUNTER between Cardinal Cupich and Wahlberg.

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