Catholic Social Science Review

Volume 8, 2003

Randall Jay Woodard
Pages 265-278

Prophet of Justice and Hope
John Paul II and the Dignity and Rights of Workers

The splendor of the human person and the inherent dignity of the individual has been at the center of the pontificate of John Paul IL Although there are considerable theological and pastoral contributions by the Holy Father in regard to the promotion of human dignity, his message of the importance of human labor and the respect due to workers has been one of truly great significance. Through relentless preaching, public addresses and, principally, the encyclical, Laborem Exercens, John Paul II has consistently championed the dignity of workers and the fundamental right of individuals to meaningful employment.

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