Catechism of the Catholic Church

Life in Christ 585 into account the role and the productivity of each, the state of the business, and the common good.” 222 Agreement between the par­ ties is not sufficient to justify morally the amount to be received in wages. 2435 Recourse to a strike is morally legitimate when it cannot be avoided, or at least when it is necessary to obtain a proportionate benefit. It becomes morally unacceptable when accompanied by violence, or when objectives are included that are not directly linked to working conditions or are contrary to the common good. 2436 It is unjust not to pay the social security contributions required by legitimate authority. Unemployment almost always wounds its victim’s dignity and threatens the equilibrium of his life. Besides the harm done to him personally, it entails many risks for his family. 223 V. J ustice and S olidarity A mong N ations 2437 On the international level, inequality of resources and economic capability is such that it creates a real “gap” between nations. 224 On the one side there are those nations possessing and developing the means of growth and, on the other, those accumu­ lating debts. 2438 Various causes of a religious, political, economic, and fi­ nancial nature today give “the social question a worldwide dimen­ sion.” 225 There must be solidarity among nations which are already politically interdependent. It is even more essential when it is a question of dismantling the “perverse mechanisms” that impede the development of the less advanced countries. 226 In place of abusive if not usurious financial systems, iniquitous commercial relations among nations, and the arms race, there must be substi­ tuted a common effort to mobilize resources toward objectives of moral, cultural, and economic development, “redefining the pri­ orities and hierarchies of values.” 227 222 Cf. LE 18. 223 Cf. SRS 14. 224 SRS 9. 225 Cf. SRS 17; 45. 226 CA 28; cf. 35. 227 Cf. SRS 16. 1938 1911 2315