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Laborem Exercens: Papers & Schedule

Laborem Exercens: Papers & Schedule

Work as Key to the Social Question

The Great Social and Economic Transformations and the Subjective Dimension of Work  

Conference Schedule and Papers Presented

Presenter names in blue indicate links to texts


Wednesday, September 12

Gemelli Campus, Rome

Registration at the main entrance Auditorium Gemelli, Largo Francesco Vito next to the chapel. A light lunch will be served from 12:00 to 1:30 near the registration site.

Note: There will be no simultaneous translation for the
Seminar Sessions on this day.

14:30 Mass at Gemelli Campus
Presider: Msgr. Gianni Ambrosio, General Chaplain of the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart

15:00 Welcome
Msgr. Gianni Ambrosio and Lorenzo Ornaghi, Vice Rector of the Catholic Univeristy of the Sacred Heart

General Introduction
Michael Naughton, University of St. Thomas, Minnesota



A. Auditorium

Helen Alford
Job Design in the Perspective of Laborem Exercens

Dominique Greiner
Employability and Professional Formation: Which Responsibility of the Employer

Respondent: Robert Holliday

B. Italia

Sergio Bernal
On the Anthropology of Laborem Exercens

Robert E. Lauder
Work as Creative of Persons: John Paul II’s Thomistic Personalism

Respondent: Richard O’Connor

C. Germania

Enrique H. Sosa
Collective Actors and Human Work: Social Dialogue in Latin America (Actores Colectivos y el Trabajo Humano: el Diálogo Social en América Latina) [Click here for text in Spanish]

Gianni Manzone
Sull' Antropologia ed etica del lavoro, (Anthropology and Ethics of Work)

Respondents: Everaldo Gaspar Lopes de Andrade and Fernando Fuentes Alacántara

D. Inghilterra

Robin Klay and John Lunn
Just Remuneration over a Worker’s Lifetime

Carlo Dell’ Aringa and Claudio Lucifora
Wage Inequality, Low Pay and Social Exclusion: The Role of Labour Market Institutions

Respondent: Josephine Barger

E. Pastorale

George E. Garvey
The Value of Work: A Catholic Critique of the U.S. Constitutional Norm

Vincent D. Rougeau
Work and Social Provision for the Poor in the United States

Respondent: Robert N. Barger

17:30 Break


A. Auditorium

B. Italia

Javier Aranzadi
The Social Division of Labor and Personal Realization

Robert Kennedy
The Professionalization of Work

Respondent: Bernard D’Sami

C. Germania

Ferruccio Marzano
On Some Important Novelties of Laborem Exercens

Carmelo Palumbo
A Veinte Años de la Laborem Exercens (Twenty Years After Laborem Exercens)

Respondent: Juan Manuel Díaz Sánchez

D. Inghilterra

David Herrera
Laborem Exercens, “Traditional” Organizations and the Democratic Mondragón Model

Greg MacLeod
The Monastic System as a Model for the Corporate Global System

Respondent: Luigi Bruni

E. Pastorale

Edith Raidt
Towards a Christian Spirituality of Work

John Jukes
A Spirituality of Work: The Genesis and Purpose of a Document Issued by the Work Committee of the Bishops Conference of England and Wales

Respondents: Obiora Ike and Ndidi Nnoli Edozien

20:00 Banquet at the Gemelli



Thursday, September 13

New Synod Hall, Vatican City

Registration will continue in the Atrium of the Paul VI Hall inside the Vatican. One must enter the Vatican through the Holy Office (Sant’Ufficio) Entrance. As you stand in St. Peter’s Square facing the Basilica, this Entrance is found outside the colonnade on the left-hand side. The New Synod Hall is in the Paul VI Hall.

Note: All plenary sessions and seminar sessions held in the New Synod Hall will be translated simultaneously.

9:30 Opening Prayer
New Synod Hall

His Eminence Cardinal François-Xavier Nguyên Van Thuân, President, Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace

Sergio Zaninelli, President of the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart

Presentation of the Task
Simona Beretta, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan

Plenary Session: Human Work and Its Meanings

-His Excellency The Most Reverend Anton Stres, Auxiliary Bishop, Diocese of Maribor, Slovenia

-Jean Bethke Elsthain, Professor of Social and Political Ethics, The University of Chicago

Chair: TBA, Fundación “Pablo VI” Instituto Social “León XIII”

11:00 Break


A. New Synod Hall

Axel Bohmeyer
Workoholism as Pathology of the Wage-work Society (Workoholismus als Pathologie der Erwerbsarbeitsgesellschaft)

Gerhard Droesser
Crisis at Work: Conflicting Roles as a Challenge to Ethical Practice (Berufskrisen als Chance ethischer Praxis) [Click here for text in German]

Respondent: Manfred Spieker

B. Room #1

Donal Dorr
A Spirituality of Work and Business: Imported or Emergent?

Stephen D. Miles
In Spite of All This Toil: Recovering Work in an Age of Profane Sacrifices

Respondents: Deborah Ruddy and James Spillane

C. Room #2

Uma Balakrishnan, Tim Duvall and Pat Primeaux
Reflexive Modernity, Ecological Sustainability and the Worker in a Global Market Place

Patricia McNeal
A Gender Analysis of the Relationships between Work and Family in the USA

Respondent: Marilynn Fleckenstein

D. Room #3

Kenneth Hackett, David Piraino and Tiziana Dearing
Movement of the Spirit: Catholic Social Teaching in the International Workplace

Robert Keen
Leadership Excellence: A Response ‘in Waiting’ to the Social Question

Respondent: Michael Stebbins

E. Room #4

Paul Misner
A Role For Intermediate Bodies in Social Insurance: The Precedent of the “Ghent System” and the Weimar Republic

Jay P. Dolan
From Charity to Justice: The Emergence of a Catholic Social Gospel

Respondent: Brian Kelty

F. Room #5

Daniela Parisi
The Nature and the Meaning of Work in Our Global System: Laborem Exercens and Economic Thought

Max Torres
From Personalist Philosophy to Positive Science: A Conceptual Approach to Bridging the Gap Between Moral Theory and Management Practice

Respondent: Eduardo Valencia

G. Room #6

Yolanda Fernández Jurado, Antonio Nuñez Partido and Esther Vaquero Lafuente
Economic, Ethical and Psychological Analysis of the Effects of the Information and Communication Technologies on Human Work

Mauro Magatti and Massimiliano Monaci
The Human Contradictions of Flexibility: Post-Fordist Work Between Enrichment and Alienation, Commitment and Exclusion

Respondents: Kathylene Siska and Barbara Shank

13:30 Buffet Lunch at Paul VI Hall

New Synod Hall

Plenary Session: The Great Transformations: Pressing Issues and Problems of Work in Light of Its Subjective Dimension

-Michel Hansenne, European Parliamentarian, Former Director General of the International Labour Office

-Jérôme Vignon, Principal Adviser, European Commission

Chair: Don Briel, Director, The Center for Catholic Studies, University of St. Thomas, Minnesota

16:00 Break


A. New Synod Hall

Geneviève Médevielle
Quand le travail vient à manquer: quelle parole pour l’Église? Une résponse de l’Église catholique en France (When Work Becomes Scarce: What Does the Church Have to Say? A Response of the Catholic Church in France) [Click here for text in English]

Sean Healy and Brigid Reynolds
Work for All: Why and How in a World of Rapid Change?

Respondents: C.M. Liang and Bernard Brady

B. Room #1

M. Cathleen Kaveny
The Chronicle of Wasted Time: A Liturgical Challenge to the Commodification of Time in the Western Professional Life

Paul Dembinski
Labour and Capital: The Challenges of Fiance and of Knowledge-based Economy

Respondents: Ernest Pierucci and Albino Barrera

C. Room #2

D. Room #3

Oscar Eone Eone
The Importance of a Culture of Work in African Milieu in the Light of the Encyclical Laborem Exercens

John T. Pawlikowski
A Creative Solution to the Challenge of Human Responsibility

Respondent: Jan Grosfeld

E. Room #4

Michael Van den Bogaert
Subjective Dimensions of Human Work in Rural India: Signs of Hope

Begoña Gutiérrez Nieto and Jacobo Cano de Escorianza
Microcredit: A Human Development Tool

Respondent: Luis García Echeverría

F. Room #5

Dominique Peccoud
Laborem Exercens and Decent Work: Visiting the New Strategy of the ILO with a Profound Encyclical in Mind

Giovanni Gasparini
The Evolution of Working Time During the 20th Century and Its Implications on Values

Respondent: Mario Maggioni

G. Room #6

Brian Benestad
The Subjective Dimension of Work and Liberalism

Thomas Hong-Soon Han
Laborem Exercens: A Challenge to the Korean Economy

Respondent: Elena Kalinitchenko

18:30 Mass in the Chapel of the Collegio Teutonico di Santa Maria in Campo Santo



Friday, September 14
New Synod Hall, Vatican City

8:00 Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica “Altar of the Chair”

New Synod Hall

Plenary Session: Constructive Response: Opportunities for More Humane Work Today and in the Future

-Antonio Fazio, Governor of the Bank of Italy

-Gloria Kan, Division for Social Policy and Development, Department of Economic and Social
Affairs, United Nations

-Chair: Marc Vervenne, Vice Rector of the Catholic University, Leuven

10:30 Break


A. New Synod Hall

Mathias Nebel
Les critères de durée et de nécessité pour designer l’activité de travail. Perspectives philosophiques et théologiques á la lumière de H. Arendt (The Criteria of Duration and Necessity for Designating Work Activity. Philosophical and Theological Perspectives in Light of the Writings of Hannah Arendt) [Click on language for text in English or Spanish]

Ignace Berten
Anthropologie et théologie du travail: Travail et dignité humaine (The  Anthropology and Theology of Work: Work and Human Dignity)

Respondent: Henri-Jerome Gagey

B. Room #1

Charles Clark
John Paul II and the Value Theory of Labor

Daniel Rush Finn
The Priority of Labor over Capital: Some Needed Extensions

Respondent: José Tomas Raga Gil

C. Room #2

Domènec Melé
A Challenge for Business Enterprises: Introducing the Primacy of the Subjective Meaning of Work in Work Organization

Alfredo Rodríguez and Alfonso Osorio de Rebellón
Incidence of Laborem Exercens in Organizational Theory

Respondent: Thomas Bausch

D. Room #3

George E. Schultze
Work, Worship, and Laborem Exercens in the United States Today

Samuel Gregg
Back to the Person: The Anthropology of Laborem Exercens and its Significance for the Social Question

Respondent: Marilyn A. Martone

E. Room #4

Elizabeth Sperry
Alienated Leisure

Alessandro Gamba
Unemployment as an Anthropological Drama

Respondent: Aleksander Bobko

F. Room #5

William S. Brown
Laborem Exercens, Human Dignity, and Technological Control in the Workplace

Paul Surlis
Sweatshops: An Evaluation in Light of Catholic Social Teaching with Special Reference to Laborem Exercens

Respondent: Denise Starkey

G. Room #6

Jeanette Loanzon
Towards Social Power of Fishing Village Women: Organizing Paid Work by a Catholic University

Michael Cavanaugh
On Becoming a Public Nuisance: A Case for the Jesuit Business School as Agent for Progressive Social Change

Respondent: John Leahy

13:00 Buffet Lunch at Paul VI Hall

New Synod Hall

Plenary Panel Session: Collective Actors and
Human Work

-His Excellency The Most Reverend Reinhard Marx, Auxiliary Bishop, Diocese of Paderborn, Germany

-Emilio Gabaglio, Secretary General, European Trade Union Confederation

-H. Onno Ruding, President of the International Christian Union of Business Executives (UNIAPAC), Citibank

-Ousmane Batoko, Minister of Public Works, Labor and Administration Reform, Republic of Benin

Chair and Panelist: Michel Camdessus, Former Director General of the International Monetary Fund

16:30 Break

17:00 Assessment of Seminars and Final Considerations
Johan Verstraeten, Catholic University, Leuven

Conclusion and Closing Prayer
His Eminence Cardinal François-Xavier Nguyên Van Thuân



Saturday, September 15

7:30 a.m. Mass at the Gemelli (Central Church) and at the University of St. Thomas Residence