Skip to comments.Catholic leaders stand with governor, mayor to call for minimum wage hike
Posted on 02/04/2014 7:26:24 AM PST by Welchie25
Auxiliary Bishop Denis J. Madden of Baltimore and Catholic Charities of Baltimore Executive Director William J. McCarthy joined more than 30 Maryland officials, anti-poverty advocates and religious leaders Feb. 3 to support an increase in the states minimum wage.
In gathering as a faith community today, we speak on behalf of all those who come to us for food, clothing and shelter, Bishop Madden said. Even as we embrace them in their need, we join them in their struggle to secure financial independence through an honest days work. These workers deserve the comfort of knowing their hard work will enable them to provide the basic necessities for their families.
Each year, Catholic Charities of Baltimore cares for 160,000 Marylanders, many of whom are in poverty.
We must raise the minimum wage in order to restore hope and opportunity, and to brighten the beacon as so many of our neighbors begin and continue on their journey out of poverty, McCarthy said.
Gov. Martin J. OMalley and Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake also spoke at the press conference, which was held at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Baltimore.
OMalley introduced legislation (SB 331/HB 295) in the Maryland General Assembly to raise the states minimum hourly wage from $7.25 to $10.10 by 2016. His proposal would index the wage to the cost of living and improve the rate for tipped workers, increasing their pay from 50 to 70 percent of the minimum wage.
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“Catholic leaders stand with governor, mayor to call for minimum wage hike”
Yank their tax-exempt status if they want to play politics.
The church and government joining to burden others goes back centuries.
Where are the church vs state people now?
I wonder why so many of our priests and bishops are such stupid, arrogant assholes.
Charity comes from the individual, not forced from the collective. I am so tired of this argument. As a Catholic, I am so sick and tired of this phony baloney social justice crap.
I am beginning to understand why I barely heard a peep out of my Church about the Birth Control mandate before the 2012 election.
Well good. Next thing you know the new pope will say that all atheists will go to heaven. That they will get there by their “good works!” Oh, wait, he has already said that. (Note to pope: IT IS NOT A WORKS FAITH!!!!)
As a loyal and faithful Catholic who attends Mass every week, I can categorically state without any hesitation, that the leadership of the Church is completely clueless on economics.
He didn’t say that, but perhaps you haven’t been keeping up.
What a surprise. Except for reproductive issues the Catholic hierarchy is solidly in the liberal democrat camp.
As a Catholic a wholeheartedly agree
Here’s another iteration of their Leftist views. Okay, now where is the “unity” all of the RCs bark about??? No text...no unity.
“Social justice” strikes again - hurting the very people they claim to be helping and revealing - again- that if you want to help people economically - then study economics and history.
I am not certain that they are arrogant so much as they are stupid and foolish. I think they they stump for what they call social justice because it is easier than trying to win a soul for Christ.
This really is not new. Unless it is stepping on their toes, the Catholic church has always came down on the side of the government.
Look how throughout it’s history the Catholic Church and the governments have been cohorts in keeping the people chained and in bondage under their control.
One scratches the back of the other. I guess the church misses the days when us surfs had no freedom. Our soul belonged to them, but our physical body belonged to the land which was owned by the kings.
How sad that Catholic “leaders” have sided with forces that hate freedom and liberty. Someday the government will come for the Catholic church’s wealth and assets.... what will these leaders say on that day?
The question of the minimum wage is one of prudential judgment, not doctrine. The good bishop should keep quite and let the laity operate in this field.