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The Workers’ Charter

May Day, which since Pope Pius XII’s General Roman Calendar of 1955 has been celebrated as the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker, is a good time to honour Cardinal Manning.

The legendary English Cardinal of Westminster was instrumental in collaborating with Pope Leo XIII in issuing the seminal encyclical of Catholic social teaching, ‘Rerum novarum’, which is also known as ‘The Workers’ Charter’.

Two years previously Cardinal Manning had acted as mediator during the London Dock Strike of 1889, famously winning better pay and conditions for the striking workers.

Had Catholics paid more attention to the Church’s social doctrines, and acted upon them, the evils of Capitalism may well have been overcome and Communism, the brutal reaction to it, may never have managed to establish itself to the extent that it did.

Both then and now, to defeat atheistic materialism, whether Capitalist or Communist, Liberal or Socialist, Right or Left, the social doctrines of Christianity are the only solution.

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Rerum novarum

Fighting Modern Dragons

“Fairy tales, then, are not responsible for producing in children fear, or any of the shapes of fear; fairy tales do not give the child the idea of the evil or the ugly; that is in the child already, because it is in the world already. Fairy tales do not give the child his first idea of bogey. What fairy tales give the child is his first clear idea of the possible defeat of bogey. The baby has known the dragon intimately ever since he had an imagination. What the fairy tale provides for him is a St. George to kill the dragon.”

–   G.K. Chesterton, ‘Tremendous Trifles’