Viewpoint: Rerum Novarum is the starting point of an important tradition of Catholic social teaching that has served as alternative to secular politics.
Eco Catholic: One of Pope Francis' cardinal advisors defended Francis’ Laudato Si’ encyclical on the environment as a new Rerum Novarum.
The popes have been right about materialism for 124 years, since Rerum Novarum in 1891. Yes, other writers described the destructive lure of goods in the marketplace, but Pope Leo XIII was right there. And Pope Francis is there today with Laudato Si'.
We say: This encyclical strikes at the heart of where and how we in the developed world live upon and relate to the rest of the planet.
Catholic social teaching about the family and the human person "flies in the face of the modern individualist attitudes that pervade our culture."
I participated in a march and rally Wednesday to raise the minimum wage. There might have been 1,000 people gathered first at Washington University in St. Louis before the marching to several fast food restaurants. On Thursday, I was on the team to walk striking workers back to their jobs, reminding their bosses that these one-day strikes are legal and the National Labor Relations Board forbids employer retaliation.
On Interfaith Voices this week, with the struggle to raise the minimum wage back in the news, we reviewed the history of that labor struggle -- a history in which American Catholics played a pivotal role.
For me, the show was a bit like a walk down memory lane.
Pope Francis is adding his voice to the chorus of papal statements fostering social justice.