The Pope Supports Equal Pay

THE VATICAN—The drive for equal pay for equal work has a new, influential supporter: Pope Francis I.


In his audience remarks at St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City on April 29, Francis addressed wage discrimination.


“Why should it be taken for granted that women must earn less than men? No! They have the same rights,” Francis said. “The disparity is pure scandal.”


Francis’ endorsement was impromptu.  His prepared texts of his general audience remarks for that day, posted on the Vatican website, has nothing about equal pay.


Francis put the demand for equal pay in the context of supporting marriage and the family – and that it should be a marriage of equals. “The Christian seed of radical equality between men and women” means, “for example, supporting with conviction the right of equal compensation for equal work.”  He declared Catholics should work hard towards that goal.


Source: PAI