Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Massachusetts bishops: raise the minimum wage

Catholic World News - March 20, 2014

The bishops of Massachusetts have called upon state lawmakers to raise the minimum wage.

“In its long history, the Catholic Church has consistently supported the right to a just wage for labor as an essential element of a just society and the dignity of every person,” the bishops said. “The current minimum wage is insufficient to support and uphold the dignity of individuals and families” and “is hardly enough to pay for basic necessities such as food and rent, let alone support a family.”

“We do not pretend to be economists and thus leave it to those more knowledgeable in that area to determine a just wage for the lowest paid workers,” the bishops added.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our September expenses ($20,249 to go):
$35,000.00 $14,750.73
58% 42%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 3 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: shrink - Mar. 20, 2014 5:39 PM ET USA

    It is tiresome--bishops and their leftist bromides. The minimum wage can never be sufficient "to support and uphold the dignity of individuals..." If the mw ever does get high enough to accomplish this goal, it will simply drive all kids and unskilled workers out of the entry-level job market. As one guy put it: the mw is a transfer of wealth, from one poor guy who loses his job, to another poor guy who gets a little raise.

  • Posted by: DrJazz - Mar. 20, 2014 12:06 PM ET USA

    Why only petition the government? Why not preach on a Sunday about Pope John Paul's call for a family wage? Call the business owners in one's parish to raise wages without a government mandate, just because it's a good and generous thing to do. I'd rather hear a homily on that than another appeal to the Democratic Party to coerce more citizens.

  • Posted by: unum - Mar. 20, 2014 8:13 AM ET USA

    Another organization of bishops preaching the "political gospel" unlike Jesus who preached apolitical social justice and conversion. Our church needs bishops who preach the gospel instead of those who are political wannabees!

Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Side effects of the Pill? Oh, don't worry. 18 hours ago
Scotland demonstrates the provisional nature of sovereignty 21 hours ago
Targeting the Pope? September 16
Gregory the Great, Christ, the Church and the Soul in the Song of Songs September 16
New Ebook on Renewal and Evangelization September 15

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days