Many Oregon families are burdened as the cost of housing far outstrips wages. Households without access to higher education face economic catastrophe.
This Labor Day, the Catholic Church wants draw close to our suffering members and encumbered neighbors and express hope.
In his address to the U.S. Congress last year, Pope Francis said economic pressures exert stress on families. With poverty comes substance abuse, violence and family breakups. In the end, good policy for labor is good policy for families.
While the U.S. is feeling tension on both domestic and foreign soil, the nation’s bishops are challenging Catholics to respond with faith and action. In a Labor Day statement, the bishops ask that we replace fear with a fuller vision based on faith and church history. Many times, Christians have lifted up the cry of the poor and become their brother' keepers.
Charity and just systems must combine to bring transformation.