Religion: Pro-Labor Priests

How does the Roman Catholic Church stand on labor unions? Aging, white-haired Pope Leo XIII gave the answer in 1891 in his encyclical, Rerum Novarum:

. . . Workmen's associations should be so organized and governed as to furnish the best and most suitable means for attaining what is aimed at, that is to say, for helping each individual member to better his condition to the utmost in body, mind and property.

Many a turn-of-the-century Catholic found the Holy Father's blessing of labor unions hard to take. But as the West began to put out...

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