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Life in Christ

585

into account the role and the productivity of each, the state of the

business, and the common good.”

222

Agreement between the par­

ties is not sufficient to justify morally the amount to be received in

wages.

2435

Recourse to a

strike

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.

2436

It is unjust not to pay the social security

contributions

required by legitimate authority.

Unemployment

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.

223

V.

J

ustice and

S

olidarity

A

mong

N

ations

2437

On the international level, inequality of resources and

economic capability is such that it creates a real “gap” between

nations.

224

On the one side there are those nations possessing and

developing the means of growth and, on the other, those accumu­

lating debts.

2438

Various causes of a religious, political, economic, and fi­

nancial nature today give “the social question a worldwide dimen­

sion.”

225

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.

226

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.”

227

222 Cf.

LE

18.

223 Cf.

SRS

14.

224

SRS

9.

225 Cf.

SRS

17; 45.

226

CA

28; cf. 35.

227 Cf.

SRS

16.

1938

1911

2315