Bishops' Program for Social Reconstruction
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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.

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

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.
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Program for Social Reconstruction
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Benjamin T. Gurrentz
Affliated with: Pennsylvania State University, Ph.D. in Sociology

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