by Lorenzo Piccoli
The Catholic Church and the Trade Unions are two institutions apparently very different from each other. But they share a fundamental similarity: they are meant to play an essential role in promoting progressive policies for today’s society. They could, for instance, rise awareness on issues that are often neglected; they could defend the rights and obligations of the poorest; they could defend more sustainable policies; and they could preserve ethic and morality in the public sphere. They could, if only they hadn’t become so inextricably attached to power, wealth, and self-preservation.