The s in Australia, as in other industrialised nations, were years of rapid economic and industrial change. They were characterised by the combined impact. John Paul II, The encyclical Laborem Exercens was written by Pope John Paul II in to celebrate 90 years since the publication of. Issued by Pope John Paul II on the ninetieth anniversary of Leo XIII’s Rerum Novarum, Laborem Exercens expands and reshapes the corpus of.

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This final part of Unit 4 will enable you to stand back from the detail of Rerum Novarum and Laborem Exercens and to assess what they say and what this means in practice. We shall focus especially in 4.

In doing this we shall give more attention to the kind of campaigning done by the Citizens UK movement, for example on the Living Wage. But first we shall review the content of Laborem Exercens and, through this, where CST stands on work. For a reminder of these, see 4. From your reading of Laborem Exercenswhat are the main constructive planks that it adds to those five, thereby summxry on them?

What are its main points of criticism of other views? Make notes to answer these two questions, concentrating on the first.

Then look at the Response. Laborem Exercens was published at the start of the s.

Laborem Exercens (14 September ) | John Paul II

The Cold War confrontation of capitalism and Communism was very entrenched. There was just the beginning of effective opposition to Communist lqborem, in the form of the Solidarity trade union in Poland, about which you read earlier 4.


The global revival of economic liberalism was getting underway, with the recent election of Thatcher and Reagan. In order to begin to assess LEwe shall now take a look at reactions to it in that context. In a moment you are asked to do a short reading exercesn Patricia Lamoureux which both gives a brief critical assessment of LE and summarizes a range of reaction to it.

This laobrem an extract from an article that I have referred to at a few places earlier. In a passage in the article not long before the point at which the reading set below begins, Lamoureux refers to an issue on which LE was quickly subject to criticism: Critics pointed out that LE summray negligible attention to the huge change represented by the entry of women into working life outside the home, and to specific injustices experienced by women in employment.

Lamoureux summarizes this critique:. The vision of women presented in LE seems almost oblivious to the dramatic changes lavorem have occurred in the world of women and work.

Laborem Exercens

Moreover, [it] fails to recognize the systemic nature of sexism and unequal wages that persist in the workplace. Nevertheless, the pope makes a crucial point in stating that care of the family is as important as labouring in the marketplace, and neither parent should be forced to abandon these responsibilities to take up work outside the home.

In light of having read LEwhat is your initial reaction to that line of critique? I sought to bring out the significance of this on 4. One of the main points made there is that the very breadth of that definition raises to the same level all the forms of human work by which people participate in fulfilling the role of dominion. It has the same status as all other kinds of work proper to human persons, whether it is done by men or women. In many if not all cultures, this is very positive step.


In Unit 8 of this module, we shall give attention directly to what CST says to do with justice for women. There I shall recommend as optional reading a very good article that takes up issues studied in this unit.

If you want to look at this now, go to the end of 8. In Virtual Module Reader: This is from K. Commentaries and Interpretations Washington DC: Georgetown University Press, From the understanding of LE you have gained through study of this unit, which of the various critical comments in that reading do you agree with, and which not?

If you make use of material on this page in a course assignment, you are obliged to reference the source in line with the citation information. Lamoureux summarizes this critique: She continues, Nevertheless, the pope makes a crucial point in stating that care of the family is as important as labouring in the marketplace, and neither parent should be forced to abandon these responsibilities to take up work outside the home.