- Aug 6, 2020
On the feast of St. Joseph the Worker, the Center for Migration Studies of New York released a new report highlighting the role of 19.8 million immigrant laborers who work in “essential critical infrastructure” in the U.S. during the coronavirus pandemic.
The 1919 “Bishops’ Program for Social Reconstruction” was showcased in this year’s Labor Day statement to demonstrate how so many of the issues the bishops touched upon a century ago in the wake of World War I’s end still resonate in improving the conditions of workers today.
Politicians must act to assist workers as technology continues to transform jobs across Europe, said a committee of the European Union bishops’ commission.
The theory that well-being will automatically flow down to everyone from the riches of the few is “a lie,” Pope Francis said.
One important factor insulating the Vatican from attempted reforms is the near-impossibility of firing people, but changing that might require a degree of ruthlessness alien to the system.