Centesimus Annus

Pope John Paul II re-introduces the Rerum Novarum of Pope Leo XIII in his encyclical to remind the people about the dignity of work and the right of its workers.   To also reiterate that the poor should not be neglected by the State and affluent individuals.   Not necessarily to solve the problem of poverty but to at least make an effort to minimize the growing crisis.   The Pope also emphasized that society and the State should take responsibility in protecting the workers from unemployment, receive just wages, and have better working conditions.   Recognizing that Third World Countries are in need of help, the Pope states that for the purpose of global development and the advancement of the poor constitutes a great opportunity for the moral, cultural, and even economic growth of humanity.
Pope Leo XIII asserts that Man should consider his material possession as not his own but common to all.   He states that there is another form of ownership which is becoming no less important than land: the possession of know-how, technology and skill which is what workers need and is more important than material possessions.   Profit is a driving force of a business but it should not base its success solely on this.   An important factor that would make a business successful is its concern for its employees by providing just wages, good working conditions and a security in their tenure.   People should be aware of their actions, not just what they are getting out of things, but how it affects the people around them.   Their beliefs and education starts from their home, their family.
The Church reminds the democratic countries to keep their ideals entrenched in human rights.   Culture of a nation is a driving force that determines a country’s progress.   Peace is the key to having a thriving country.   Wars can only cripple the country’s resources, both in financial and human resources.   It does not help develop a country and provide opportunities...