Navigate Up
Sign In

U.S. Bishops' Labor Day statement calls for action at time of crisis & opportunity

Image: Labor Day graphic with quote "we were created with a vocation to work" from Laudato Si'About the USCCB's 2017 Labor Day statement:

In his 2017 Labor Day statement, Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, calls for action based on a vision of work that supports the flourishing of the family, a clearer understanding on the nature of poverty, and solidarity with those on the margins of society.

Drawing on the words of Pope Francis and Pope Benedict XVI, Bishop Dewane notes that insufficient, poor, or excessive work can be corrosive to the person; whereas severe and increasing disparities in wealth coupled with stagnation of wages for the majority of people presents dangers for the social pact and civil harmony. "When unethical labor conditions weaken the social pact, society can become vulnerable to attempts to use fear, and our care and concern for one another can disintegrate into blame and suspicion."
Bishop Dewane suggests reflections and actions for Catholics and all people of good will, including: solidarity with neighbors, a renewed moral emphasis by leaders in business and government, a clearer understanding of the nature of poverty, focus on the vital role of unions, and the recovery of rest and a sense of the sacred in work.  

Read the full statement:


Additional Resources

Description​ Resource
​Parish resource including reflection, scriptural
references and quotes.
Pastoral aid for Labor Day weekend
​Selected quotes on Catholic social thought around
rights and responsibilities of workers
Catholic Social Teaching on Labor: A Primer

​One of the themes of Catholic social teaching:
Details about the dignity of work and rights of

The Dignity of Work and Rights of Workers
​Catholic social teaching on poverty, option for the
poor and common good
Primer on Poverty, an Option for the Poor,
and the Common Good
​Selected quotes from Pope Francis by subject Quotes from Pope Francis