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It was an open letter, passed to all Catholic patriarchs, primates, archbishops and bishops[5] that addressed the condition of the working classes. It discussed the relationships and mutual duties between labor and capitalas well as government and its citizens. Of primary concern was the need for some amelioration of “the misery and wretchedness pressing so unjustly on the majority of the working encyk,ika. Rerum Novarum is considered a foundational text of modern Catholic social teaching.

Zigliara, a member of seven Roman congregations including the Congregation for Studies, was a co-founder of the Academia Romano di San Tommaso in Zigliara’s encykpika as a scholar at the forefront of the Thomist revival at the time of his rectorship of rerumm College of St. Thomas after was widespread in Rome and elsewhere.

Rerum novarum is subtitled “On the Conditions of Labor”.

Rerum novarum

In this document, Pope Leo XIII articulated the Catholic Church’s response to the social conflict that had risen in the wake of capitalism and industrialization and that had led to the rise of socialism and communism as ideologies.

The pope declared that the role of the state is to promote social justice through the protection of rights, while the Church must speak out on social issues in order to teach correct social principles and ensure class harmony rather than class conflict. He restated the Church’s long-standing teaching regarding the crucial importance of private property rights, but recognized, in one of the best-known passages of the encyclical, that the free operation of market forces must be tempered by moral considerations:.

Let the working man and the employer make free agreements, and in particular let them agree freely as to the wages; nevertheless, there underlies a dictate of natural justice more imperious and ancient than any bargain between man and man, namely, that wages ought not to be insufficient to support a frugal and well-behaved wage-earner.

If through necessity or fear of a worse evil the workman accept harder conditions because an employer or contractor will afford him no better, he is made the victim of force and injustice. Rerum novarum is remarkable for its vivid depiction of the plight of the nineteenth-century urban poor and for its condemnation of unrestricted capitalism. Among the remedies it prescribed were the formation of trade unions and the introduction of collective bargainingparticularly as an alternative to state intervention.

Although the encyclical follows the lines of the traditional teaching concerning the rights and novarkm of property and the relations of employer and employee, it applies the old doctrines specifically to modern conditions. He then quotes Gregory the Great regarding its proper use: Rerum novarum also recognized that the poor have a novwrum status in consideration of social issues: As a framework for building social harmony, the pope proposed the idea of rights and duties.

For example, workers enxyklika rights to a fair wage and reasonable working conditions, but they also have duties to their novraum likewise employers have rights and also have duties to their workers. Some of the duties of workers are:. The Church by reminding workers and employers of their rights and duties can help to form and activate people’s conscience. However, the pope also recommended that civil authorities take a role in protecting workers’ rights and in keeping the peace.

The law should intervene no further than is necessary to stop abuses. The encyclical mentions several fundamental principles to guide relationships between capital and labor.

Leo states that, ” Guidelines to maintain the respect and dignity of the person in the workplace would therefore indicate:. The pope specifically mentioned work in the minesand outdoor work in certain seasons, as dangerous to health and requiring additional protections. He condemned the use of child labor as interfering with education and the development of children.

Fair wages are defined in Rerum novarum as at least a living wage, but Leo recommended paying more than that: Without recommending one form of government over another, Leo put forth some principles for the appropriate role of the State in good government.

The primary purpose of a State is to provide for the common good.


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All people have equal dignity reerum of social class, and a good government protects the rights and cares for the needs of all its members, both rich and poor. Leo also pointed out that everyone is in some way a contributor to the common good and everyone’s contribution is important. Pope Leo XIII points out that no one should be forced to share his goods, as that would be stealing, however, when one is blessed with rncyklika wealth, one rsrum use this to benefit as many others as possible.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church lists three principal aspects of the common good: Pope Leo strongly criticized socialism in that it seeks to replace the rights and duties rerm parents, families and communities with sncyklika supervision of the state.

The civil government should not intrude into and exercise control over the family, the basic building block of society. However, if a family finds itself in exceeding distress due to illness, injury, or natural disaster it is right that extreme necessity be met by public aid, since each family is a part of the commonwealth.

By the same token, if within a household there occur grave disturbance of mutual rights, public authority should intervene to force each party to yield to the other its rerm due. They should only intervene when a family or community is unable or unwilling to fulfill their rights and duties in regard to its members. Despite growing support for measures such as a land-value tax at the time it was written, Rerum novarum strongly asserts the right to own private property, including land, as a principle of natural law.

Private ownership, as we have seen, is the natural right of man, and to exercise that right, especially as members of society, reru, not only lawful, but absolutely necessary. Thomas Aquinas, “for a man to hold private property; and it is also necessary for the carrying on of human existence. The right to own property does not mean absolute freedom in the use of money, but carries responsibilities with it.

Leo encouraged the wealthy to meet their own needs, the needs of their families, and to maintain a “becoming” standard of living. Encylika they have a responsibility to give alms from what is left over. This is not a law, but a moral obligation. Whoever has received from the divine bounty a large share of temporal blessings, whether they be external and material, or gifts of the mind, has received them for the purpose of using them for the perfecting of his own nature, and, at the same time, that he may employ them, as the steward of God’s providence, for the benefit of others.

Leo emphasized the dignity of the poor and working classes. As for those who possess not the gifts of fortune, they are taught by the Church that in God’s sight fncyklika is no disgrace, and that there is nothing to be ashamed of in earning their bread by labor.

God Himself seems to incline rather to those who suffer misfortune; for Jesus Christ calls the poor “blessed”; Matt.

The richer class have many ways of shielding themselves, and stand less in need of help from the State; whereas the mass of the poor have no resources of their own to fall back upon, and must chiefly depend upon the assistance of the State. And it is for this reason that wage-earners, since they mostly belong in the mass of the needy, should be specially cared for and protected by the government.

This principle of the preferential option for the poor was developed more fully in writings of later popes.

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Leo distinguished the larger, civil society also called the commonwealth, or public societyand smaller, private societies which exist within it.

The civil society exists to protect the common good and preserve the rights of all equally. Private societies are diverse and exist for various purposes within the civil novvarum.

Trade unions are one type of private society, and a special focus of this encyclical: 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.

For, retum enter into a “society” of this kind is the natural right of man; and the State has for its office to protect natural rights, not to destroy them The State should watch over these societies of citizens banded together in accordance with their rights, but it should not thrust itself into their peculiar concerns and their organization, for things move and live by the spirit inspiring them, and may be killed by the rough grasp of a nlvarum from without.


Leo supported unions, yet opposed at least some parts of the then emerging labor movement. He urged workers, if their union seemed on the wrong track, to form alternative associations. Now, there is a good deal of evidence in favor of the opinion that many of these societies are in the hands of secret leaders, and are managed on principles ill-according with Christianity and the public well-being; and that they do their utmost to get within their grasp the whole field of labor, and force working men either to join them or to starve.

He deplored situations where governments suppressed encykliak orders and other Catholic organizations. The great mistake made in regard to the matter now under consideration is to take up with rfrum notion that class is naturally hostile to class, and that the wealthy and the working fncyklika are intended by nature to live in mutual conflict. So irrational and so false is this view that wncyklika direct contrary is the truth.

Just as movarum symmetry of the human frame is the result of the suitable arrangement of the different parts of the body, so in a State is it ordained by nature that these two classes should dwell in harmony and agreement, so as to maintain the balance of the body politic. Each needs the other: Mutual agreement results in the beauty of good order, while perpetual conflict necessarily produces confusion and savage barbarity.

Now, in preventing such strife as this, and in uprooting it, the efficacy of Christian institutions is marvellous and manifold. First of all, there is encyolika intermediary more powerful than religion whereof the Church is the interpreter and guardian in drawing the rich and the working class together, by reminding each of its duties to the other, and especially of the obligations of justice.

Of these duties, the following nobarum the proletarian and the worker: The following duties bind the wealthy owner and the employer: They are reminded that, according to natural reason and Christian philosophy, encuklika for gain is creditable, not shameful, to a man, since it enables him to earn an honorable livelihood; but to misuse men as though they were things in the pursuit of gain, or to value them solely for their physical powers—that is truly shameful and inhuman.

Again justice demands that, in dealing with the working man, religion and the good of his soul must be kept in mind. Hence, the employer is bound to see that the worker has time for his religious duties; that he be not exposed to corrupting influences and dangerous occasions; and that he be not led away to neglect his home and family, or to squander his earnings.

Furthermore, the employer must never tax his work people beyond their strength, or employ them in work unsuited to their sex and age. His great and principal duty is to give every one what is just. To defraud any one of wages that are his due is a great crime which cries to the avenging anger of Heaven. Were these precepts carefully obeyed and followed out, would they not be sufficient of themselves to keep under all strife and all its causes?

Therefore, those whom fortune favors are warned that riches do not bring freedom from sorrow and are of no avail for eternal happiness, but rather are obstacles; that the rich should tremble at the threatenings of Jesus Christ—threatenings so unwonted in encklika mouth emcyklika our Lord 10 and that a most strict account must be given to the Supreme Judge for all we possess.

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