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ERIC Number: EJ1058066
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Mar
Pages: 27
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 109
ISSN: ISSN-2373-8170
Catholic Labor Education and the Association of Catholic Trade Unionists. Instructing Workers to Christianize the Workplace
Lubienecki, Paul
Journal of Catholic Education, v18 n2 Article 6 Mar 2015
This article analyzes the effect of the American Catholic Church, through its program of specialized labor education, on the growth and development of organized labor in the twentieth century. With the proclamation of Pope Pius XI's encyclical Quadragesimo Anno (1931), he requested that the Church complete the work began by Pope Leo XIII in 1891 with his landmark social encyclical Rerum Novarum. However, the American interpretation and utilization of the social encyclicals varied from their intended European meaning. The cumulative effect of these two encyclicals was support for the workers' rights to organize and create Christian labor associations. From these papal social encyclicals evolved the diocesan labor schools that existed in many Catholic dioceses in America from the early 1930s until the 1970s. Their purpose was to assist workers through education in the basics of labor organizing and management and to provide philosophical and religious instruction. The ultimate purpose was to Christianize the workplace to ensure industrial democracy through education.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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