Human Work

Laborem Exercens: On Human Work
John Paul II - 1981

Electronic Commentary:

Confusing End and Means: Analysis of Recent Industrial Relations Changes from the Perspective of Catholic Social Teaching

Brian Long
Australian E-Journal of Theology (February, 2006)

Work, Worship, Laborem Exercens, and the United States Today

George E. Schultze, S.J.
Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture 5.4 (2002) 25-48

Collected Commentary

Gerald Darring
Available here

Notable Quotations on Work and Workers' Rights

Office of Social Justice - Minneapolis / St. Paul, MN
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Work as Key to The Social Question

The Great Social and Economic Transformations and the Subjective Dimension of Work
September 12-15, 2001 Rome & Vatican City

Human Work and Its Meanings

His Excellency The Most Reverend Anton Stres
Auxiliary Bishop, Diocese of Maribor, Slovenia
Jean Bethke Elsthain
University of Chicago (IL, USA)

On the Anthropology of Laborem Exercens

Sergio Bernal
Pontifical Gregorian University (Rome)

Back to the Person: The Anthropology of Laborem Exercens
and its Significance for the Social Question

Samuel Gregg
Acton Institute (MI, USA)

Laborem Exercens, Human Dignity, and Technological Control
in the Workplace

William S. Brown
Marist College (NY, USA)

Incidence of Laborem Exercens in Organizational Theory

Alfredo Rodríguez and Alfonso Osorio de Rebellón
Universidad de Navarra (Spain)

On Some Important Novelties of Laborem Exercens

Ferruccio Marzano
University of Rome "La Sapienza"

John Paul II and the Value Theory of Labor

Charles Clark
St. John's University (NY, USA)

Work as Creative of Persons: John Paul II’s Thomistic Personalism

Robert E. Lauder
St. John's University (NY, USA)

The Value of Work: A Catholic Critique of the U.S. Constitutional Norm

George E. Garvey
Catholic University of America (Washington, DC, USA)

Work and Social Provision for the Poor in the United States

Vincent D. Rougeau
Notre Dame Law School (IN, USA)

The Professionalization of Work

Robert Kennedy
University of St. Thomas (MN, USA)

Additional Papers Presented at the Conference

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Maugenest, Denis. "The Encyclical Laborem Exercens: Its Context and Originality." Lumen Vitae 41.2: 226-231.

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McGovern, Arthur. "Pope John Paul II on Human Work." Telos 57/58 (1983/1984): 215-218.

Morneau, Robert F. "Laborem Exercens: Themes and Theses." Review for Religious 41 (May-June 1982): 321-337.

Muller, Franz. "Labor Before Capital: Comment on the Encyclical Laborem Exercens," Review of Social Economy, 49, no.4 (1991): 502-513.

Neuhaus, Richard John. Doing Well and Doing Good: The Challenge to the Christian Capitalist. New York: Doubleday, 1992.

Neuhaus, Richard John. "John Paul's 'Second Thoughts' on Capitalism." First Things 41 (1994): 65-67.

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Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church. Washington, D.C.: USCCB Publishing, (2005): Chapter 6 on Human Work, 115-140.

Rauscher, Anton. "Laborem Exercens Within the Context of the Church's Commitment to the Work of Peace and Justice." Rerum Novarum Laborem Exercens 2000: Symposium (1982): 179.

Roos, Lothar. "On Theology and Ethics of Work." Communio 11 (1984): 136-144.

Rossi, Romano, Msgr. The Social Teaching of John Paul II: Human Labor. Vatican City Press, 1981.

Schotte, Jan. "The Social Teaching of the Church: Laborem Exercens, A New Challenge." Review of Social Economy 40 (1982): 340-357.

Schotte, Jan, C. I. C. M. and the Pontificia Commissio Justitia et Pax , eds. Rerum Novarum Laborem Exercens 2000: Symposium. Rome: Instituto Pio XI, 1982.

Sorge, Bartolomeo. Laborem Exercens: Toward a New Solidarity in Readings in Moral Theology No. 5: Official Catholic Social Teaching. Edited by Charles Curran and Richard McCormick Mahweh, NJ: Paulist Press, 1986, 241-246.

Sullivan, Brian. "Laborem Exercens: A Theological and Philosophical Foundation for Business Ethics." Listening 20.1 (1985): 128-146.

Traffas, John R. "The Spirit of Community and the Spirituality of Work: A Note on Laborem Exercens." Communio 10 (1983): 407-411.

Tucker, Jeffrey A. "Papal Economics 101: The Catholic Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism." Crisis 9 (June 1991): 16-21.

Volf, Miroslav. "On Human Work: An Evaluation of the Key Ideas of the Encyclical Laborem Exercens." Scottish Journal of Theology 37 (1984): 65-67.