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USCCB, Catholic Charities urge Senate to increase federal minimum wage

January 09, 2014

Echoing comments he made in a recent newspaper column, the chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development called upon the Senate to increase the federal minimum wage.

After citing Blessed John Paul’s encyclical on human work, as well as the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami said that “the current federal minimum wage falls short of this standard for its failure to provide sufficient resources for individuals to form and support families. A full-year, full-time worker making the minimum wage does not make enough money to raise a child free from poverty.”

Father Larry Snyder, president of Catholic Charities USA, joined Archbishop Wenski in his appeal to senators.


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  • Posted by: Jeanna - Jan. 09, 2014 9:42 PM ET USA

    “Neither is labor tending in the direction of liberty. Practically all the demands of labor today are tending in the direction of wage-hour, legislation, betterment of working conditions, and the right to organize - all of which are good, necessary, and indispensable. ...But these demands indicate that labor today is stressing the means rather than the end. ...Labor is thinking more about material security than about liberty or independence.” ~Venerable Fulton Sheen, “Freedom Under God”

  • Posted by: shrink - Jan. 09, 2014 6:31 PM ET USA

    So the USCCB prefers to keep young black teens without jobs, and on welfare. That's charity, that's enlightenment.