Labor Day statement: Reflection, action ‘critical’ for care of workers

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August 24, 2015

Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami (CNS photo/Bob Roller)

WASHINGTON (CNS) –- “Individual reflection and action is critical” when it comes to improving the conditions of workers in the United States and elsewhere, said Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, in the U.S. bishops’ annual Labor Day statement.

“We are in need of a profound conversion of heart at all levels of our lives. Let us examine our choices,” Archbishop Wenski said in the statement, dated Labor Day Sept. 7, but issued Aug. 24 in Washington.

“How do we participate in this wounding of human dignity,” he asked, through choices about the clothes we wear, food we eat, and things we buy — most of which is unaffordable to the very workers who make it? Do we give a thought to this truth, that for our wants to be met, economic realities are created that cause others to live in ways that we ourselves would not?”

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