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2 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana August 30, 1996 I I I IIII II III IIIIII I I Bishops' Labor Day statement sees 'Three nations' forming i'n.U.S. WASHINGTON (CNSJ -- Taking many of its cues from a statement marking the 10th an- niversary of the U.S. bishops' 1986 pastoral letter on the econ- omy, the bishops' 1996 Labor Day statement notes that in the United States, there are "three nations living side by side." In one nation, said Bishop William S. Skylstad of Spokane, Wash., chairman of the bishops' Domestic Policy Committee, peo- ple are "growing more powerful and productive .... People are creating businesses, surfing the Web, and managing their in- vestment portfolios." A second nation, he said, "is being squeezed by declining real incomes, frightened by corporate downsizing and fearful about keeping their jobs and health care. In this economy, people' wonder whether they can afford a good education for their kids and a decent retirement for themselves." A third community, said Bishop Skylstad, "lives on the margins of our economy. Fami- lies, often without fathers, jobs or a living income, are the signs of an economy that leaves mil- lions behind. In this economy, people wonder whether they can pay the rent or afford food at the end of the month." The statement, "An Economy of Paradoxes: Labor Day Chal- i SCHNELLVlLLE FOR COMPLETE ELECTRICAL SERVICE FISCHER ELECTRIC INC. SCHNELLVILLE, IN 389-2418 I i iii iii ii iii Ed. L. Lee Mortuary 101 North Meridian Street Washington, IN 254-3612 I I ,,,,I:IOYI,,B Peoples Trust Company SOUTH MAIN STREET P.O BOX 191 LINTON, INDIANA 47441 I lu Call The.Experts Of Experience! lenges," was released Aug. 23 ifl Washington. The U.S. Catholic Conference, public policy arm of' the nation's hishops, has cus- tomarily issued a statement in observance of Labor Day, which this year occurs Sept. 2. The Labor Day statement noted that the bishops, in their statement last November for the 10th anniversary of the pastoral on the economy, cited a number of key questions. "Several are particularly appropriate for this Labor Day reflection," Bishop Skylstad said. -- "How can our nation work together to overcome the scandal of so much poverty in our midst, especially among our children? -- "How can our church take a leadership role in calling those in positions of power to promote economic growth, job security, decent wages and greater oppor- tunities? --"What are the moral re- sponsibilities and limitations of markets, the state and the vol- untary sector'? How can business, labor, various levels of govern- ment and mediating structures like churches, charities and vol- untary groups work together to overcome economic injustice and exploitation in our communities? -- "tIow can the dignity and rights of workers be protected and enhanced in an economy where increasing competition, frequent downsizing and less unionization have left many workers at risk?" Noting that this year' s Labor Day statement comes in a presi- dential election year, Bishop Skyl- stad said, "In the midst of all the campaign rhetoric and economic debate, it's time to refocus on some traditional values from Catholic teaching-- the dignity of work, the living wage, the social contract be- tween employer and employee and the common good." He added, "It is time to recall that in our tradition, people have a right and duty to work, to de- cent conditions and to a fairwage for an honest day's work, to or- ganize and join a union, to start and build a business .... As the pastoral insists, 'The Economy should serve the person, not the other way around."' Bishop Skylstad said, "As peo- ple of faith, we believe we are ont family, not competing classes. We are sisters and brothers in Christ, not economic units or statistics." "The questions should not just ] be 'am I better off than, I was] four years ago, but 'are we better t off-- all of us, especially the poor 1 and vulnerable.' / J Bishops: Moral meaSure is effect on poor: I Following is a portion oft/,,, text sure of these policy choices is how needs of poor families. The natio I of a statement fiwLabor Day 1996 they touch the poor in our midst, desperately- : needs-real welfare re.[ by Bishop William S. Sky.lstad of especially children and families form: Sadly, this measure tar. t Spokane, Wash. who struggle against economic, geted hungry children and leg On this Labor Day, in the midst of this growing national debate on economic life, the Catholic com- munity must continue to speak for poor children and working families. The U.S. bishops have pointed out our nation must re- duce its deficits, reform welfare, reshape its foreign assistance, and reorder national priorities. How- ever, the fundamental moral mea- social and moral pressures that leave them poor and powerless. In the last few weeks, we've seen welfare legislation adopted and signed which cut resources and reallocated responsibilities, but failed to provide the decent jobs and protect vulnerable chil- dren which are at the heart of real welfare reform. The welfare de- bate was driven more by fiscal and political factors than by the immigrants, instead of the eco nomic and moral forces whict leave a fifth of the nation's cb:[ dren in poverty. As the bishops have pointed out, poor children; workers and families may not have the most powerful lobbies,] but they have the greatest need$ I We welcome a broad debate o] econom)c life, but we cannot sup'] port a retreat in the fight against[ poverty and economic injustice._ THIS IS IT, It's The Oriental Rug Bazaar [ SALE YOU'LL BE DELIGHTED B Tribal Shinan 100% wool Antique 100% wool Persian Tabriz 100% wool Persian Sanuk To celebrate our 4th Annual personally tagged each rug with add be delighted by the low prices. Choose from over 2 milllion dollars of the newest and most exciting selection of fine persians (Kashans, Saruks, Tabrizes. Nains, Herekes, Qums), Bokharas, Tribal Rugs, Kilims. Antiques, Aubusson weave. Chinese, Dhurries and more. 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