Amid ongoing battles between Republican governors and organized labour in Midwestern states, U.S. Catholic bishops have echoed the long-standing Church support for workers' rights.
But they have also noted that there are no easy-fix solutions in today's battered economy.
They have urged workers and government officials to work for the common good and called on the members of public employee unions to make sacrifices.
The bishops' words haven't gone unnoticed.
Just as this debate has stirred passions across the country, people have criticized the U.S. bishops for either being too supportive of unions or not supportive enough.