.- The secretariat of the Commission of the Bishops' Conferences of the European Community has welcomed a proposed EU law that would safeguard Sunday as a day of rest from work.
According to LâOsservatore Romano, the secretariat issued a statement praising the measure proposed by five EU parliamentarians to recognize the value of âSunday rest as part of the âcultural patrimonyâ and âEuropean social modelâ.â
âThe current economic and financial crisis has made it even more evident that not every aspect of human life can be subject to the laws of the market,â the bishops stressed.
âIn fact, consumerism is not a model either for a sustainable economy or for healthy human development.â Sunday work, they continued, âputs those who work on Sunday into a socially disadvantageous position, affecting everything from family life to their own personal health.â
The proposed measure, which would need 394 votes to pass in the EU parliament, would call on member states and EU institutions to âprotect Sunday as the weekly day of restâ in order âto improve the protection of workersâ health and the balancing of work and family life.â