From the CCC 2187:
Sanctifying Sundays and holy days requires a common effort. Every Christian should avoid making unnecessary demands on others that would hinder them from observing the Lord’s Day. Traditional activities (sport, restaurants, etc.), and social necessities (public services, etc.), require some people to work on Sundays, but everyone should still take care to set aside sufficient time for leisure. With temperance and charity the faithful will see to it that they avoid the excesses and violence sometimes associated with popular leisure activities. In spite of economic constraints, public authorities should ensure citizens a time intended for rest and divine worship. Employers have a similar obligation toward their employees.
I always understood that those jobs that are truly for the benefit of society, such as policeman, hospital workers, EMTs, and even those who keep the utilities running, and those jobs that are truly needed to keep society running and people safe, were the ones that are “excused” from the “no work on Sunday” obligation. However, it seems as though almost any job, including restaurant waiters, chefs, managers, etc. are allowed to work. People don’t need to go out to restaurants to eat on Sundays, they can cook their own meals. This seems as though it opens the door for any excuse for any job for Sunday work.
Well, I need to buy this drill at Home Depot because I needed to make a gift for my grandson. – Thus the HD worker must work.
I needed to go shopping for a new pair of shorts because all of mine were ripped and we were going on a nice picnic. – Thus the JC Penny’s worker must work.
My phone died so I need to go buy a new one at the Verizon store. – Thus the Verizon worker must work.
Where does it end?
I’m invited to go to a birthday party on Sunday for my kids at a nearby restaurant, and my attending the restaurant would cause unnecessary work form those working there. If no one went, they restaurant would realize it shouldn’t be open on Sunday, so I am culpable in their sin, and thus I have sinned. But it really seems that this passage in the CCC says it’s okay?
So which is it?