The Common Good

Memo to Governor Scott Walker from Pope Benedict XVI

An estimated 30,000 people converged in Madison, Wisconsin's Capitol Square and inside the Capitol building on Thursday to protest Governor Scott Walker's attempt to meet the state's budget crisis by breaking the public employees' union. He's pushing a bill through the state legislature that would almost totally eliminate the bargaining process for state workers. Adding to the drama, Democratic legislators left for Illinois, leaving the legislature without a quorum. Demonstrators included thousands of state employees, including teachers, prison guards, and others. The governor has threatened to call in the National Guard if state services are disrupted by protests. It's an attack on unions and a worker fightback we haven't seen in this country for many years.

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While reading these stories, I recalled Pope Benedict XVI's 2009 encyclical , Caritas In Veritate. In that letter, he wrote:


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