Political Economy, Traditionalism

Pope Leo XIII on Labor & Wages

Pope Leo XIII Rerum Novarum

“Let the working man and the employer make free agreements, and in particular let them agree freely as to the wages; nevertheless, there underlies a dictate of natural justice more imperious and ancient than any bargain between man and man, namely, that wages ought not to be insufficient to support a frugal and well-behaved wage-earner. If through necessity or fear of a worse evil the workman accept harder conditions because an employer or contractor will afford him no better, he is subjected to violence against which justice cries out in protest…”

– Pope Leo XIII, Rerum Novarum

– Lucas G. Westman

 

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