It is time for Catholics “belly up to the bar.” Think Social Teachings!

The Catholic Church, which includes all the Rites East and West, must reinstll the heart of the gospel messages in Catholic Social Teachings. Have we become so comfortable with our wealth that we forget the Gospel message?

Joseph Cardinal Cardijn’s thinking and message go back decades before Vatican II. Cardijn’s methods of See-Judge-Act are vital today in understanding our role as Christians in the world. As the new era of autonomous techologies develops, we will see societal phase change as we did in the agricultural and industrial revolutions. Think Leo XIII; it’s time to reclaim the pro-worker history of Catholic social teaching. To bring to the forefront the Church’s social teachings so that Catholics better understand the education and the gospel message.

It is time for Bishops, priests, and other influential Catholics to be at the front of the line when laborers strike to demand just wages, just living, and to show the world the meaning of the virtue of work, the dignity of being human. 

Catholic Social Teachings throughout history are about the virture of work and the dignity of being a human being. We must understand why social teachings are more relevant today. 

We need a revitalization of the social teachings of the Church, both formal and informal. From the pulpit and classroom, in small discussion groups and book clubs. In our councils, committees, societies, and fraternities, we must reinstil the virtues of Catholic Social Teachings.

Labor movements, social justice & teachings are entering a new era as autonomous technology creates societal phase change. Who will be the leaders & educators? Think the Gospels~ Live the Gospels.

The Catholic Church has a long history of leading progressive movements for economic dignity. It is time for the current U.S. hierarchy, most especially, to “belly up to the bar.”

Ask yourself the question: Why do wealthy Catholic business leaders and the bishops who hang with them align more with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, The Heritage Foundation, and Citizens United than with Pope Francis’ stark challenge to “an economy of exclusion and inequality.”?

Since the heyday of the industrial revolution, Catholic teaching had officially backed the virtue of work, the dignity of being a human being, and a living wage since 1891, when Pope Leo XIII issued an encyclical on capital and labor that underscored the importance of worker cooperatives.

And let us never forget that even today, in our modern era, Pope John Paul II described unions as “an indispensable element of social life.” Pope Francis insists that “no good society without a good union.”

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