We approach the subject with confidence, and in the exercise of the rights which manifestly appertain to Us, for no practical solution of this question will be found apart from the intervention of religion and of the Church.
But in the present letter, the responsibility of the apostolic office urges Us to treat the question of set purpose and in detail, in order that no misapprehension may exist as to the principles which truth and justice dictate for its settlement.
Such unequality is far from being disadvantageous either to individuals or to the community. Those who rule the commonwealths should avail themselves of the laws and institutions of the country; masters and wealthy owners must be mindful of their duty; the working class, whose interests are at stake, should make every lawful and proper effort; and since religion alone, as We said at the beginning, can avail to destroy the evil at its root, all men should rest persuaded that main thing needful is to re-establish Christian morals, apart from which all the plans and devices of the wisest will prove of little avail.
It follows that whatever shall appear to prove conducive to the well-being of those who work should obtain favorable consideration. Indeed, their co-operation is in this respect so important that it may be truly said that it is only by the labor of working men that States grow rich.
Again justice demands that, in dealing with the working man, religion and the good of his soul must be kept in mind. Rerum novarum also recognized that the poor have a special status in consideration of social issues: The contention, then, that the civil government should at its option intrude into and exercise intimate control over the family and the household is a great and pernicious error.
Mutual agreement results in the beauty of good order, while perpetual conflict necessarily produces confusion and savage barbarity.
Thomas after was widespread in Rome and elsewhere. But the Church, not content with pointing out the remedy, also applies it. Is it not rash to conjecture the future from the past. The Church, moreover, intervenes directly in behalf of the poor, by setting on foot and maintaining many associations which she knows to be efficient for the relief of poverty.
The chief and most excellent rule for the right use of money is one the heathen philosophers hinted at, but which the Church has traced out clearly, and has not only made known to men's minds, but has impressed upon their lives. Age gives way to age, but the events of one century are wonderfully like those of another, for they are directed by the providence of God, who overrules the course of history in accordance with His purposes in creating the race of man.
Right of association[ edit ] Leo distinguished the larger, civil society also called the commonwealth, or public societyand smaller, private societies which exist within it. Consequently, it has rights and duties peculiar to itself which are quite independent of the State.
How must one's possessions be used. Private societies, then, although they exist within the body politic, and are severally part of the commonwealth, cannot nevertheless be absolutely, and as such, prohibited by public authority.
Hence, by degrees it has come to pass that working men have been surrendered, isolated and helpless, to the hardheartedness of employers and the greed of unchecked competition. Most true it is that by far the larger part of the workers prefer to better themselves by honest labor rather than by doing any wrong to others.
It is no easy matter to define the relative rights and mutual duties of the rich and of the poor, of capital and of labor. Rerum Novarum inspired generations of lay men and women as social activists who at times had to challenge other Catholics and clergy to engage with the social issues more robustly.
He upheld the dignity of human work and, despite his desire to avoid violent revolution, laid down the basic principle of the priority of Labour over Capital: Most of all it is essential, where the passion of greed is so strong, to keep the populace within the line of duty; for, if all may justly strive to better their condition, neither justice nor the common good allows any individual to seize upon that which belongs to another, or, under the futile and shallow pretext of equality, to lay violent hands on other people's possessions.
It is gratifying to know that there are actually in existence not a few associations of this nature, consisting either of workmen alone, or of workmen and employers together, but it were greatly to be desired that they should become more numerous and more efficient.
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