After receiving an invitation from the U.S. bishops' Department of Justice, Peace & Human Development, the Catholic Labor Network this spring held five synod listening sessions with its members and friends.
"And if there was one theme that stood out, emerging at each and every meeting, it was this: The church has a beautiful social teaching on labor and work issues," write Catholic Labor Network leaders Adrienne Alexander and Clayton Sinyai in a commentary. "But too often, when the church is the employer, that teaching is not followed — and when it isn't, the church's witness is compromised."
Or as one of the listening session participants put it, "We willfully ignore our own teaching because it's easier or convenient. It's frustrating because that hypocrisy is what pushes people away from the church."