Pope has unkind words…

Pope has unkind words… May 19, 2016

for “bloodsucking” bosses and prosperity gospel crap.

I love this guy so much!

Turns out denial of a just wage is still a sin that cries to heaven for vengeance.

And you still cannot serve God and Mammon.

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  • Robert R Chase

    OK, Mark, since no one else is stepping up to the plate, I guess I have to be the bad guy.
    Let’s start with points of agreement. Anyone who consciously exploits his workers or forces them to work in unsafe conditions is guilty of sin. The parable of Dives and Lazarus indicates their probable fate.

    That being said, are all workers being paid low workers in that situation because they are being exploited? I note that Congress does not require small businesses to comply with many of the same rules as large businesses. Is that because of the political clout of small business, or is it a recognition that these burdens can be the difference between staying in business and bankruptcy?

    There seems to be an implication in the article that no job is preferable to one with a substandard wage. I presume you would disagree with that, right?

    Is it wrong to have certain jobs with substandard wages because i) they are entry level training positions in which the expectation is that you will either move up to a higher grade, or you will demonstrate incompetence and be fired; or ii) they are positions unnecessary to the operation of the business but nice to have, e.g. greeters at stores where the positions are filled by pensioners just looking for something to do while earning some walking around money?

    Is a just wage determined by contribution of the worker to the profitability of the organization or his personal needs? If the worker has a large family with severe illnesses, should his needs be taken care of by his employer, or by public and private charities?

    None of these are rhetorical questions. Good intentions without economic knowledge are insufficient, whether bankrupting a country (Venezuela) or a college (Mrs. Sanders).

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