Founded in 2005, the Catholic Social Workers National Association’s members work in government agencies, health clinics, faith-based organizations and universities. They often work with the most vulnerable: Immigrants, addicts, veterans, pregnant women, children and the poor.
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.
For unions the fertile ground lately is adjunct professors at Catholic colleges. When unions and Catholic institutions collaborate, one expert calls it a ‘true magisterium in word and deed.’