US bishops release 2017 Labor Day statement

The US Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development has released its annual Labor Day Statement for 2017.

The letter covers a wide variety of topics related to people and work close to the heart of Pope Francis. Quoting from Pope Francis’ May 27, 2017 meeting of the World of Work at Iiva Factory in Genoa, Italy, “. . . . There has always been friendship between the Church and work, starting with a working Jesus.  Where there is a worker, there is the interest and the gaze of love of the Lord and of the Church.”

The letter extols the role of unions and quotes heavily from Pope Francis in noting that unions are prophetic when they “give voice to those who have none …”

The statement notes the nature of work is to support the flourishing of the family and decries “unthinkable ways as they [workers] become victims of labor trafficking.”

“We thank God for the vocation of work, which, when healthy, “anoints” with dignity, helps children grow into adults, and strengthens cooperation across all people in our society.“

For the USCCB News Release, click here.

For a direct link to the US Bishops the Labor Day Statement. click here.