The s in Australia, as in other industrialised nations, were years of rapid economic and industrial change. They were characterised by the combined impact. John Paul II, The encyclical Laborem Exercens was written by Pope John Paul II in to celebrate 90 years since the publication of. Issued by Pope John Paul II on the ninetieth anniversary of Leo XIII’s Rerum Novarum, Laborem Exercens expands and reshapes the corpus of.

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The pope was not able to issue the document on the May 15 anniversary because of the assassination attempt two days earlier. In fact there is no doubt that human work has an ethical value of its own, which clearly and directly remain linked to the fact that the one who carries it out is a person, a conscious and free subject, that is to say a subject that decides about himself.

Reception The reception of Laborem Exercens by journalists, academics and commentators was significant.

Laborem Exercens (14 September ) | John Paul II

For a reminder of these, see 4. And this mark decides its interior characteristics; in a sense it constitutes its very nature. Work is one of these aspects, a perennial and fundamental one, one that is always relevant and constantly demands renewed attention and decisive witness.

Laborem Exercens On Human Labour http: This quote summady the essence of the doctrine of John Paul about the origins of human work and mans commandment to work. A pastoral letter for the feast of St Joseph the worker 1st May We can speak of socializing only when the subject character of society is ensured, that is to say, when on the basis of his work each person is fully entitled to consider himself a part-owner of the great workbench at which he is working with every one else.

John Lagorem II defends the rights of workers to combine and bargain with employers and this solidarity affirmed even to the point of the right to strike.

Not only remuneration for work but a sense of personal involvement is needed. John Paul called these “threats to the right order of values. John Paul, of course, restates the teaching of his predecessors as to exercesn right to the ownership of private property, even when it is a question of the means of production no.

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They must also be more highly operative with regard to plans for action jointly decided on, that is to say, they must be more effective in carrying them out. It is certainly true that work, as a human issue, is at the very centre of the “social question” to which, for almost a hundred years, since the publication of the above-mentioned Encyclical, the Church’s teaching and the many undertakings connected with her apostolic mission have been especially directed.


Throughout this period, which is by no means yet over, the issue of work has of course been posed on the basis of 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 means and who edercens in the process of production solely by their labour.

Experience confirms that there must be a social re-evaluation of the mother’s role, of the toil exerens with it, and of the need that children have for care, love and affection in order that they may develop into responsible, morally and religiously mature and psychologically stable persons.

And this ordering remains necessarily and indissolubly linked with the fact that man was created, as male and female, “in the image sumary God”.

At the same time, however, I am making them, according to the indication in the Gospel, in order to bring out from the heritage of the Gospel “what is new and what is old” 7. It is familiar to those doing physical work under sometimes exceptionally laborious conditions. In accordance with the principle of “the dictatorship of the proletariat”, the groups that as political parties follow the guidance of Marxist ideology aim by the use of various kinds of influence, including revolutionary pressure, to win a monopoly of power in each society, in order to introduce the collectivist system into it by eliminating private ownership of the means of production.

This is one of the causes of rxercens ever increasing disproportion between national incomes. It is not only good in the sense that it is useful or something to enjoy; it is also good as being something worthy, that is exerdens say, something that corresponds to man’s dignity, that expresses this dignity and increases it.

As we examine the main points of his reflections we will be able to see more clearly his insights into the meaning of the Churchs social doctrine.

Laborem Exercens (On Human Labor)

Of course, education in itself is always valuable and an important enrichment of the human person; but in spite of that, “proletarianization” processes remain possible. This traditional patrimony was then inherited and developed lborem the teaching of the Popes on the modern “social question”, beginning with the Encyclical Rerum Novarum. In this area much depends on just legislation, in particular with regard to the rights of workers.


Abuse of the strike weapon can lead to the paralysis of the whole of socioeconomic life, and this is contrary to the requirements of the common good of society, which also corresponds to the properly understood nature of work itself.

And so the Pope reminds us that one cannot exclude the socialization, in suitable conditions, of certain means of production no. Orbis Books, Washington, D. Within the individual States there are ministries or public departments and also various social institutions set up for this purpose.

Catholic Social Teaching: John Paul II, Laborem Exercens

However, the experiences preceding and following the publication of the Encyclical Rerum Novarum form a background that endows that teaching with particular expressiveness and the eloquence of living relevance. This happened, John Paul says, because of the error of economism, the error of considering human labor solely according to its economic purpose, which I spoke of above.

Any tools or technology used builds on prior work by countless generations, and continue to be influenced by those who use them in the present day. Even if in controversial questions the struggle takes on a character of opposition towards others, this is because it aims at the good of social justice, not for the sake of “struggle” or in order to eliminate the opponent.

Putting this programme into practice presupposes the collectivization of the means of production so that,through the transfer of these means from private hands to the collectivity, human labour will be preserved from exploitation. All the means of production, from the most primitive to the ultramodern ones-it is man that has gradually developed them: This way of stating the issue contained a fundamental error, what we can call the error of economism, that of considering human labour solely according to its economic purpose.

If one wishes to define more clearly the ethical meaning of work, it is this truth that one must particularly keep in mind.