Catholic Church with trade unions works to stop shopping on SundaysSubmitted by Ed Thinking on Mon, 10/28/2013 - 17:12
The Roman Catholic Church, along with trade unions and small business associations, is working to save Sundays by pushing for a ban on shopping in Italy.
Other countries, meanwhile, are already onboard.
Religion News Service reports that in an attempt to encourage economic growth, outgoing Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti supported a new law last December that allows shops to stay open on the Sabbath — a move that caused an uproar among religious and secular groups alike.
"Sunday traditions are strong in the European nation," RNS reports. In response to the proposed law, "an Italian shop owners association and the country’s Catholic bishops’ conference launched a campaign to 'free up Sundays.' They aim to gather the 50,000 signatures needed to try to repeal the liberalizing shop law."