Monthly Archives: August 2010

The American Dream of a Job

As I have written before in this space, Catholic social teaching tells us that the dignity of the human person is the foundation of a moral vision for society, and that to access to those things required for human decency—including employment—is a fundamental necessity. The opportunity to have a good job and support one’s family […]

When the Kindness of Strangers is Not Enough

In Tennessee Williams play “A Streetcar Named Desire,” the character Blanche Dubois famously declared, “I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.” Her line came to mind this week when I read a front page story in The New York Times. “99 Weeks Later, Jobless Have Only Desperation.” The article reports on the “jobless Americans […]