Catholic Teaching Says Support Unions. Catholic Colleges Are Fighting Them.
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Joseph Fahey cherishes the Catholic Church's teachings on worker rights. "It's really beautiful teaching -- rock-bottom core, Matthew 25 stuff," says Fahey, a Catholic theologian. "A lot of Catholics would tell you that's why they're Catholic."
So Fahey took it as an insult to his faith when the Catholic school where he's taught for 50 years, Manhattan College, tried to prevent adjunct professors from unionizing. He was particularly galled because part-time adjuncts are among "the poorest and weakest people on campus," he says. In September, he dashed off a public letter on the matter, saying the school's trustees should be ashamed of themselves.
"This falls into the context of grave sin. This is serious stuff," Fahey, 76, told The Huffington Post. "They're violating their own mission statement that says the school is supposed to stand up for social justice. If they violate this [teaching], they may as well not call themselves a Catholic school."
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