The Bishops and American Business: Rethinking the Minimum Wage

DECENT WORK and JUST WAGES.  Those are the noble goals laid out in a January 8 letter to the chairs and ranking members of the Senate Committee on Finance and the House Committee on Ways and Means, and signed by Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami, chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, and Bishop Richard E. Pates of Des Moines, chair of the U.S. bishops'  Committee on International Justice and Peace.  The letter asserts that the current federal mi … [Read more...]

Two Hymns I Will Not Sing

I love to sing at Mass.  Recalling an adage attributed to St. Augustine, I believe that he who sings, prays twice.From my vantage point in the third row, I want Jesus--waiting and listening from up there in the tabernacle--to hear my prayer; and so I sing loudly.(This is a problem when I'm surrounded by tight-lipped pewsitters.  I once carried a tune well; but following a throat infection years ago, I'm wont to drop a full octave here and there, especially on "D" notes.  It's em … [Read more...]


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