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Laborem exercens. Enciclica. [GIOVANNI PAOLO II -] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Bologna, EDB, , fascicolo in – 16mo, punto. Available in the National Library of Australia collection. Format: Book; 32 p. ; 21 cm. LETTERA ENCICLICA “LABOREM EXERCENS” DEL SOMMO PONTEFICE GIOVANNI PAOLO II AI VENERATI FRATELLI NELL’EPISCOPATO AI SACERDOTI.

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Again, it is well known that it is possible to use work in various ways against man, that it is possible to punish man with the system of forced labour in concentration camps, that work can be made into a means for oppressing man, and that in various ways it is possible to exploit human labour, that is to say the worker.

A test of this progress will be the increasingly mature recognition of the purpose of work and increasingly universal respect for the rights inherent in work in conformity with the dignity of man, the subject of work.

From this spring certain specific rights of workers, corresponding to the obligation of work. This does not mean that, from the objective point of view, human work cannot and must not be rated and qualified in any way.

Catalog Record: Sobre el trabajo humano (Laborem exercens) | Hathi Trust Digital Library

Capacity for work -that is to say, for sharing efficiently in the modern production process-demands greater and greater preparation and, before all else, proper training. Each country should have laws to protect the rights of immigrant workers, so that they receive equal treatment.

It is determined, in a sense, by all the elements that are decisive for economic life within a given society and state, but also by much wider links encciclica forms of dependence.

Catholic social teaching does not hold that unions are no more than a reflection of the “class” structure of society and that enciclida are a mouthpiece for a class struggle which inevitably governs social life.

All this constitutes the moral obligation of work, understood in its wide sense.

In fact the Church’s social teaching finds its source in Sacred Scripture, beginning with the Book of Genesis and especially in the Gospel and the writings of the Apostles. Nevertheless, the general situation of man in the modern world, studied and analyzed in its various aspects of geography, culture and civilization, calls for the discovery of the new meanings of human work. Laborem exercens Sollicitudo rei socialis Centesimus annus Evangelium vitae.

Work is one of these aspects, a perennial and fundamental one, one that is always labrem and constantly demands renewed attention and decisive witness. 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.

However, it is also a fact that, in some instances, technology can cease to be man’s ally and become almost his enemy, as when emciclica mechanization of work “supplants” him, taking away all personal satisfaction and the incentive to creativity and responsibility, when it deprives many workers of their previous employment, or when, through exalting the machine, it reduces man to the status of its slave. These associations are called labour or trade unions.


Retrieved 26 Dec Within the sphere of these principal rights, there develops laboreem whole system of particular rights which, together with remuneration for work, determine the correct relationship between worker and employer. Nevertheless, even if emigration is in some aspects an evil, in certain circumstances it is, as the phrase goes, a necessary evil.

In view of this situation we must first of all recall a principle that has always been taught by the Church: All of this brings it about that man combines his deepest human identity with membership of a nation, and intends his work also to increase the common good developed together with his compatriots, thus realizing that in this way work serves to add to the heritage of the whole human family, of all the people living in the world.

The development of human civilization brings continual enrichment in this field. Having thus conflrmed the personal dimension of human work, we must go on to the second sphere of values which is necessarily linked to work. On the other hand: Laboeem International Organizations have an enormous part to play in this area.

Catalog Record: Sobre el trabajo humano (Laborem exercens) | Hathi Trust Digital Library

In a sense, unions go back to the mediaeval guilds of artisans, insofar as those organizations brought together people belonging to the same craft and thus on the basis of their work.

From this point of view, therefore, in consideration of human labour and of common access to the goods meant for man, one cannot exclude the socialization, in suitable conditions, of certain means of production.

Advanced search Search history. Such a system of mutual dependence is in itself normal.

The concept of “indirect employer” thus refers to many different elements. While people sometimes speak of periods of “acceleration” in the economic life and civilization of humanity or of individual nations, linking these periods to the progress of science and technology and especially to discoveries which are decisive for social and economic life, at the same time it can be said that none of these phenomena of “acceleration” exceeds the essential content of what was said in that most ancient of biblical texts.

In this context it should be emphasized that, on a more general level, the labodem labour process must be organized and adapted in such a way as to respect the requirements of the person and his or her forms of life, above all life in the home, taking into account the individual’s age and sex.

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Obviously, the antinomy between labour and capital under consideration here- the antinomy in which labour was separated from capital and set up in opposition to it, in a certain sense on encicclica ontic level, as if it were just an element like any other in the economic process-did not originate merely in the philosophy and economic theories of the eighteenth century; rather it originated in the whole of the economic and social practice of that time, the time of the birth and rapid development of industrialization, in which what was mainly seen was the possibility of vastly increasing material wealth, means, while the end, that dxercens to say, man, who should be served by the means, was laborek.


It is particularly painful when it especially affects young people, who after appropriate cultural, technical and professional preparation fail to find work, and see their sincere wish to work and their readiness to take on their own responsibility for the economic and social development of the community sadly frustrated.

In doing this we must rnciclica keep in mind the biblical calling to “subdue the earth” 14in which is expressed the will of the Creator that work should enable man to achieve that “dominion” in the visible world that is proper to him.

Nevertheless, these two aspects of work are linked to one another and are mutually complementary in various points. Throughout this ebciclica, which is by no means yet over, the issue of work has of course been posed on the basis exerceens the great conflict that in the age of, and together with, industrial development emerged between “capital” and “labour”, that is to say between the small but highly influential group of entrepreneurs, owners or holders of the means of production, and the broader multitude of people who lacked these enciclicca and who shared in the process of production solely by their labour.

Influence in this direction should be exercised by all the International Organizations whose concern it is, beginning with the United Nations Organization. Unfortunately, for millions of skilled workers these changes may perhaps mean unemployment, at least for a time, or the need for retraining.

This dominion, in a certain sense, refers to the subjective dimension even more than to the objective one: In the light of this fundamental structure of all work-in the light of the fact that, in the final analysis, labour exrecens capital are indispensable components laboren the process of production in any social system-it is clear that, even if it is because of their work needs that people unite to secure their rights, their union remains a constructive factor of social order and solidarity, and it is impossible to ignore it.

These two spheres of values-one linked to work and the other consequent on the family nature of human life-must be properly united and must properly permeate each other. Order a copy Copyright or permission restrictions may apply. To do so would be to practise a serious form of discrimination, that of the strong and healthy against the weak and sick.