Bishops’ Labor Day statement criticizes ‘excessive inequality’

A worker used a grinder on a metal beam Aug. 10 at a construction site in Los Angeles. Labor Day, honoring U.S. workers, is observed Sept. 4 this year.

WASHINGTON — "Excessive inequality" threatens cooperation among all people in society "and the social pact it supports," stated Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Fla., in the U.S. bishops' annual Labor Day statement.

In the message, Bishop Dewane cited the words of Pope Francis, who told factory workers in Genoa, Italy, "The entire social pact is built around work. This is the core of the problem. Because when you do not work, or you work badly, you work little or you work too much, it is democracy that enters into crisis, and the entire social pact."

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