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into account the role and the productivity of each, the state of the
business, and the common good.”
Agreement between the par
ties is not sufficient to justify morally the amount to be received in
Recourse to a
is morally legitimate when it cannot be
avoided, or at least when it is necessary to obtain a proportionate
benefit. It becomes morally unacceptable when accompanied by
violence, or when objectives are included that are not directly
linked to working conditions or are contrary to the common good.
It is unjust not to pay the social security
required by legitimate authority.
almost always wounds its victim’s dignity
and threatens the equilibrium of his life. Besides the harm done to
him personally, it entails many risks for his family.
On the international level, inequality of resources and
economic capability is such that it creates a real “gap” between
On the one side there are those nations possessing and
developing the means of growth and, on the other, those accumu
Various causes of a religious, political, economic, and fi
nancial nature today give “the social question a worldwide dimen
There must be solidarity among nations which are already
politically interdependent. It is even more essential when it is a
question of dismantling the “perverse mechanisms” that impede
the development of the less advanced countries.
In place of
abusive if not usurious financial systems, iniquitous commercial
relations among nations, and the arms race, there must be substi
tuted a common effort to mobilize resources toward objectives of
moral, cultural, and economic development, “redefining the pri
orities and hierarchies of values.”
28; cf. 35.