Chicago's 'labor apostles'

posted 4 Oct 2010, 05:36 by Stefan Gigacz   [ updated 4 Oct 2010, 05:56 ]
As if the Vatican needs more offices, Pope Benedict XVI has just opened the Pontifical Council for New Evangelization to promote Christianity "in the countries where the first proclamation of faith has already resounded . . . but which are living through a progressive secularization of society and a kind of eclipse of the sense of God." He presumably means Western Europe because he says the target countries have "churches of ancient foundation."

Since at least the time of Pope Leo XIII (1810-1903) Catholic leaders have been concerned about Europe’s secularization, including both the materialism of communism and of capitalism. Several of those leaders embraced the Catholic Action strategy as developed in the 1930s by Msgr. (later Cardinal) Joseph Cardijn in Belgium. The best-known expressions of Catholic Action include the Young Christian Students, the Young Christian Workers and, originating in Chicago, the Christian Family Movement. European leaders also experimented with the worker-priest movement, whereby some clergy took jobs in factories and shops to more directly influence workers.

- Bill Droel

The Working Catholic: Book highlights Chicago's "labor apostles" (Chicago Catholic News)
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