Thursday, February 24, 2011

John Paul II on Unions

Think this will get played big by the AFL-CIO? WEAC? AFSCME?

“In this sense, union activity undoubtedly enters the field of politics, understood as prudent concern for the common good. However, the role of unions is not to ‘play politics’ in the sense that the expression is commonly understood today. Unions do not have the character of political parties struggling for power; they should not be subjected to the decision of political parties or have too close links with them. In fact, in such a situation they easily lose contact with their specific role, which is to secure the just rights of workers within the framework of the common good of the whole of society; instead they become an instrument used for other purposes.” --John Paul II, Laborem Exercens

That was quoted by Bp. Morlino of Madison in his essay regarding the current situation.


Anonymous said...

Apparently Morlino doesn't understand that was a reference to unions in Poland and the Soviet Union. Little shock there. Morlino isn't the deepest thinker in the world.

Dad29 said...

On the other hand, it's possible that you simply don't like the Pope's message.

Politics is universal.

You are limited by your evident distaste for the Church.

Too bad. You could think expansively.

Anonymous said...

"You are limited by your evident distaste for the Church."

And you are obviously limited by your distaste for the middle class.