Work should not become an idol, says Vatican prelate
July 12, 2016
A “culture of work” should be fostered in which work is not made an idol, the president of the Pontifical Council for the Family said in a recent talk.
Addressing a labor festival in Rome, Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia said that “work is without a doubt decisive for the dignity of the person,” but “should not become an idol on whose altar everything is sacrificed, ideals and family ties.”
It is more necessary than ever to have a culture of work that exceeds that of simple welfarism; that helps young people to recognize the human significance of work; that accompanies every worker in seeking and defending his dignity; that is firmly opposed to illegal employment and exploiting the weak; that places this issue at the center of civil concern; and that teaches people to avoid, even in times of crisis and employment shortages, the temptation to be satisfied with inhuman conditions and wages, and with a lack of minimal conditions of safety and legality.
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- Mons. Paglia: lavoro non diventi idolo, famiglia sempre al centro (Vatican Radio)
- Employment on a human scale (L’Osservatore Romano, p. 9)
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