As promised, the statement from the Bishop of Madison, WI, H.E. Most Rev. Robert Morlino, is now available in toto on the website of the diocesan newspaper, the Catholic Herald (of Madison, of course).
I had a few previews of the Bishop of Madison’s statements yesterday.
Bp. Morlino is clear that he is addressing himself to the people only within the Diocese of Madison. We can still listen in.
In view of the chaos in Madison right now, Morlino adds another dimension to the discourse of the collected bishops in the State of Wisconsin.
Here is another taste (my emphases):
To the documents quoted by Archbishop Listecki I would also offer a quotation from the encyclical of Pope John Paul II, Laborem Exercens, which gives us even more “food for thought” on this matter:
“Just efforts to secure the rights of workers who are united by the same profession should always take into account the limitations imposed by the general economic situation of the country. Union demands cannot be turned into a kind of group or class ‘egoism,’ although they can and should also aim at correcting — with a view to the common good of the whole of society — everything defective in the system of ownership of the means of production or in the way these are managed. Social and socioeconomic life is certainly like a system of ‘connected vessels,’ and every social activity directed towards safeguarding the rights of particular groups should adapt itself to this system.
“In this sense, union activity undoubtedly enters the field of politics, understood as prudent concern for the common good. However, the role of unions is not to ‘play politics’ in the sense that the expression is commonly understood today. Unions do not have the character of political parties struggling for power; they should not be subjected to the decision of political parties or have too close links with them. In fact, in such a situation they easily lose contact with their specific role, which is to secure the just rights of workers within the framework of the common good of the whole of society; instead they become an instrument used for other purposes.”