Catholic social teachings call to the dignity of creation

May 13, 2016
By Denis M. Hughes and Brian Jordan
National Catholic Reporter

On May 15, 1891, Pope Leo XIII issued the seminal encyclical for workers Rerum Novarum (On the Condition of Labor). This memorable encyclical officially ushered in the transition in Catholic social thought from a basis in agrarian economy to the understanding of the industrial evolution throughout the world through manufacturing and other industries.