The Australian Catholic Social Justice Council’s (ACSJC) Briefing for May is now up on the website. The Briefing covers issues of Catholic social teaching in May 2017, highlighting resources, media items and diary events. It can be read here.
From the Secretariat, John Ferguson:
…The Gospel of Work looks to scripture, recognising the sacred and deeply human nature of work and standing against narrow materialistic valuations that would reduce the person to a mere factor of production or regard those who are unemployed as surplus to requirement and a burden on society.
There are three fundamental attributes of work that serve human dignity and maintain the common good.
- We are made in the image and likeness of God and are called to share in the great work of creation and to continue the work of the Creator.3 The dignity of work is not to be found in the kind of work being done, but in the fact that ‘the one who is doing it is a person’.4
- Work is essential for personal development. The individual applies talents and develops skills, fashions resources and produces goods and services. The feeling of a job well done and a career developed is essential to the individual’s self-fulfilment.5
- The world of work has a broader social context, for it unites people. Far from being isolated units in the production process, colleagues and friends share in the common enterprise of their workplace. They are parents providing for their families, they are neighbours contributing to their local communities and they are part of a generation adding to the efforts and dreams of previous ones.6
These key attributes are so essential to the health and justice of our society. The last three decades have shown that where decent work is unavailable, either through the lowering of wages and conditions or through persistent unemployment, the true meaning of work is undermined, and individuals, their families and communities suffer…