‘Rerum Novarum’ – 130 Years on the Future of the World of Work

Our two diaconate students, Sandy Misquitta and Ray Williamson, are studying on our MA in Catholic Social Teaching as part of their formation, and Deacon Duncan recently completed the degree (making history as one of the first group, since this is the only degree in Catholic Social Teaching in the UK and Ireland). Linked to it is this conference which is open to everyone and free of charge. Sadly it is wholly online now, but if you email me as shown you will be sent the links in due course for the 10 webinar sessions.

Pope Leo XIII’s letter in 1891 was a ground-breaking document which committed the Catholic Church to support for industrial workers and unions, and started the modern tradition of social teaching about which we have had various study sessions in this parish over the years. When I first planned it in December 2019 I didn’t anticipate the major changes to the world of work and employment which have happened all over the world in the last year – and they’re still going on. So the conference won’t simply look at the pope’s letter, but at present and future realities about work.

God bless and take care

Fr Ashley

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