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In Labor Day statement, US bishops rue growing economic inequality

August 08, 2013

Noting that “the economy still has not improved the standard of living for many people, especially for the poor and the working poor,” the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) emphasized in its annual Labor Day statement that “growing inequality hurts families and communities.”

“The pain of the poor and those becoming poor in the rising economic inequality of our society is mounting,” said Bishop Stephen Blaire of Stockton, chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development. “Therefore, on this Labor Day 2013, let us renew our commitment to promote the dignity of the human person through work that is honorable, pays just wages, and recognizes the God-given dignity of the working person.”


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  • Posted by: unum - Aug. 09, 2013 7:37 AM ET USA

    Bishop Blaire is issuing the Church's equivalent of a political "God and motherhood" statement that is meaningless and intended to be so. But, then Bishop Blaire's committee is given to issuing political statements directed at Congress so the rhetoric is consistent. As a successor to the apostles, the Bishops owe the laity clear direction in serious social matters, teaching "as Jesus did". Political statements demean Christ's Church and leave the laity without moral leadership.

  • Posted by: TheJournalist64 - Aug. 08, 2013 7:39 PM ET USA

    The right hand needs to speak to the left. The bishops also support a new wave of immigration, which will increase competition for the few jobs available, and further depress the wages of the working poor. You can't have it both ways, I'm afraid.