Pope says closing firms without protecting workers ‘very grave sin’

Pope says closing firms without protecting workers ‘very grave sin’

[Hat-tip to Canon212: “FrancisTeachings: It’s a grave sin when you close facilities and fire people for your ‘economic schemes!’”]

[“Do what I say, not what I do”]

Austerity: Eight months late, the Holy See has published its balance sheet for 2015. It shows a deficit of 12.4 million Euros, half of what it was in 2014. Pope Francis reached this goal through austerity measures, manly on the back of the employees. The Vatican has adopted a hiring freeze and does not renew part-time contracts. – Gloria.TV News on the 15th of March 2017

By Philip Pullella | 3/15/17

(Reuters) Managers who close businesses, shut factories or restructure firms without fully considering the impact on workers and their families are committing a “very grave sin,” Pope Francis said.

Addressing tens of thousands of people in St Peter’s Square Wednesday (March 15) for his weekly audience, Francis strayed from his text after mentioning he was worried about how families might be affected by a labor dispute at TV network Sky Italia, making clear that he was concerned about the problem in many countries.

“Work gives us dignity. Those who are responsible for people, managers, are obliged to do everything so that every woman and every man can work and thus be able to walk with their heads held high, to look other people in the face with dignity,” the pope said.

“Those who, for economic schemes or in order to make deals that are not fully transparent, close factories, shut down enterprises and take work away from people, that person commits a very grave sin,” he said.

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4 comments on “Pope says closing firms without protecting workers ‘very grave sin’

  1. Another example of the “very grave sin [of] managers who close businesses, shut factories or restructure firms without fully considering the impact on workers and their families … for [their own] economic schemes”:

    Calligraphers cry foul as Vatican shuts down scrollmakers

    By: Jean-Louis De La Vaissiere

    ROME (AFP).- Rino Pensa and son have been making papal parchments for decades, crafting hand-painted blessing scrolls in Italy which are purchased by the faithful around the world to celebrate marriages, baptisms and anniversaries.

    But with the Vatican cracking down on the business, the family studio in the heart of Rome is being forced to close — with hundreds of artisans at risk of losing their jobs.

    Calligraphers and painters will have to lay down their tools on December 31, as Pope Francis tries to ensure the Church’s apostolic benedictions, which were first issued about 100 years ago under Pope Leo XIII, raise as much money as possible for the poor.

    Instead of being made by hand, the parchments will be computer prints produced by the Vatican’s Office of Papal Charities, which the pope’s almoner, Archbishop Konrad Krajewski, says will cut costs, stamp out fakes and raise more for charity.

    The decision has sparked anger among artisans who point out that Francis usually prides himself on defending workers’ rights and has railed against a world obsessed with profit.

    “If Pope Francis really wanted to be honest he would say that blessings can be neither bought nor sold,” Sabina Turtura, head of a movement to defend the papal parchment profession, told AFP.

    “Instead, the Vatican’s saying greater profits equal more charity, which is not very Christian,” she said.

    On wide desks covered in bottles of inks, tubes of paint and stickers of a smiling Francis, Rome’s artisans race to finish the last orders, carefully penning in the name of recipients on scrolls framed by brightly-coloured Vatican emblems or depictions of biblical scenes.

    The price of an espresso

    The parchments were traditionally sold for between seven and 25 euros ($8.60 and $30) in shops in the Borgo neighbourhood around the tiny city state

    Paolo Pensa started working with his father Rino as a teenager and Pensa senior, now 92, still plays an active role in the family business, 65 years after setting up shop.

    The Vatican “sent us a letter which said that from January 1st they will be the only ones authorised to produce these parchments. I’ll be out of a job, as will the seven people who work with me,” he said.

    Pensa and Turtura have written to Francis asking him to rethink the decision to close down external production, but have found it hard to galvanise the artisans, many of whom are wary of burning bridges with the Vatican.

    “Some, including my father, went to talk to Krajewski, but there was nothing we could do. They’ve already made up their minds,” he said.

    From the new year, a team of in-house calligraphers will handle all production, helped by a range of private collaborators and cloistered nuns who, the Vatican says, will benefit from the income.

    But Pensa scoffs at that idea, saying they will earn “less than the price of an espresso coffee per parchment”.

    She estimates that some 500 people will lose their jobs, including small shop owners unable to keep their doors open without selling the parchments.

    “Another bit of Made in Italy will be lost,” she said.

  2. What about closing a parish school or Catholic high school without ever trying to emphasize orthodox Catholic identity or having a traditional Latin Mass there? Is that a “sin” when modernist bishops do that?

  3. Perhaps if Pope Francis hadn’t moved to the hotel to show how humble he is, these people could have kept their jobs. It is costing a fortune to run the hotel for Francis in addition to the Vatican. He might come up with more money if he stayed home instead of traveling here, there, and everywhere as well.
    Instead, Pope Francis is just helping the NWO agenda along…

  4. Someday, I suspect, a google translation will end up causing an armed conflict. It would take less time to learn Italian correctly than to figure out what in the name of all that’s failed miserably because of techno geeks many google “translations” may actually mean.

    Although, their comedic value = a growth stock.

    Btw, I am increasingly suspicious that Fra “C” is not much more than clickbait for overheated hyper-partisans.

    We will see.

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