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Bishops' Program for Social Reconstruction - Timeline Event

Time Period

1919

Description

In 1919, Father John A. Ryan wrote the "Bishops’ Program for Social Reconstruction," which called for guaranteed wages, health insurance, labor union protections, and limited child labor. It was heavily influenced by Pope Leo XIII’s Rerum Novarum. This program set the agenda for the National Catholic Welfare Conference during its formative years and continued the Catholic tradition of social justice. Moreover, it had a profound impact in Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal policies in the 1930s.

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Ryan, John A.

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Bishop, Catholicism, Roman, Pope, Rerum Novarum, Ryan, John (1869-1945)

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Bishops' Program for Social Reconstruction, title page- Internet Archive
Bishops' Program for Social Reconstruction, title page- Internet Archive

John Ryan portrait- Library of Congress, LC-DIG-hec-20251
John Ryan portrait- Library of Congress, LC-DIG-hec-20251

Book/Journal Source(s)

Queen, Edward, Stephen Prothero and Gardiner Shattuck, 1996. The Encyclopedia of American Religious History New York: Facts on File.

Web Source(s)

http://www.cctwincities.org/document.doc?id=87
Program for Social Reconstruction

Web Page Contributor

Benjamin T. Gurrentz
Affliated with: Pennsylvania State University, Ph.D. in Sociology

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