Religion: Work Is for Man, Not Man for Work

John Paul's third encyclical exalts the dignity of toil

Again and again during the three years of his reign, Pope John Paul II has reaffirmed the Roman Catholic Church's message that man has an intrinsic worth and dignity, and any system that degrades that worth or undermines that dignity is wrong. In his many speeches and in his first two encyclicals, he has expressed his concern for the welfare of the individual, criticized the dehumanizing aspects of modern life and committed the church to the cause of social justice.

Last week, in his third encyclical, or formal policy-setting letter to the Roman Catholic...

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