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Cardinal warns about treatment of workers

American corporations are endangering capitalism by treating workers as commodities that can be eliminated to produce more profits for stockholders, warned Cardinal Bernard Law.

The head of the Roman Catholic archdiocese of Boston also said businesses' low regard for workers is a symptom of a cultural attitude in the United States of ignoring or attacking the weakest members of society.

"We need to look at what constitutes net profit and redefine it," Law told the Boston Globe.

"Unless we find a way to show respect for the worker as a worker, then I think the whole system is going to go.

"I think we're living in a very short-term world when everybody is looking at the profit margin in terms of stockholders and failing to take the longer view," he said.

"I think that if capitalism doesn't correct itself from within, capitalism is as we know it is going to be in jeopardy." he said.

Church replaces steeple after a three-year wait

LYNCHBURG, Va. _ When a crane lifted a 71-foot, 7-ton spire to the top of Court Street Baptist Church, it did more than replace a blue tarp covering a hole.

It closed a long, frustrating chapter in the landmark church's history.

"We're just happy that this has come to an end," said the Rev. James Coleman, the church's pastor. "It's been a long road here, but as the hymn writer said, "We've come this far by faith.'

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In June 1993, a severe windstorm damaged the church's steeple and other city landmarks.

After city inspectors said the steeple was unsafe and should be removed, the spire was set on the ground nearby.

While brick work was being done on the tower that supports the steeple, weather and insects damaged the mostly wooden antique spire.

Then the church and its insurer engaged in a dispute over repair costs. They settled last year, but the weather delayed completion of the project.

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