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Excerpt: "Pope Francis added his voice Wednesday to calls for equal pay for women, saying it is 'pure scandal' that many of them earn less than men for doing the same jobs."

Pope Francis. (photo: AP)
Pope Francis. (photo: AP)

Pope Francis Calls for Equal Pay for Women

By Associated Press

30 April 15


Pope Francis says 'radical equality' that Christianity proposes between husband and wife must bear new fruit

ope Francis added his voice Wednesday to calls for equal pay for women, saying it is "pure scandal" that many of them earn less than men for doing the same jobs.

Francis also lambasted the attitude of those who blame the crisis in families on women getting out of the house to work. He called such attitudes a form of "machismo" that shows how men "want to dominate women."

Francis made the comments during his Wednesday general audience, which he has been devoting to different aspects of family life before a big meeting on family issues in October.

Francis said the "radical equality" that Christianity proposes between husband and wife must bear new fruit.

"We should support with decisiveness the right to equal pay for equal work," he said. "Why is it a given that women must earn less than men? No! They have the same rights. The disparity is pure scandal."

Francis has spoken out frequently about how the Roman Catholic Church in general must give greater value to the "feminine genius." He has called for women to take on greater decision-making roles in the church, though he has ruled out women's ordination or having women head Vatican congregations.

About 18 percent of Holy See employees are women, up from 17 percent four years ago. Currently, only two women hold the rank of undersecretary in a Vatican department.

While speaking out about the need for a greater role for women in the church, the 78-year-old pope, an Argentine Jesuit, has raised eyebrows with some seemingly tone-deaf comments. He has said Europe in many places resembles an "infertile" grandmother. He has urged nuns not to be "old maids." And he once welcomed new female members of the church's most prestigious theological commissions as "strawberries on the cake."

On Wednesday, he took the biblical Adam to task for blaming Eve for having given him the forbidden apple. "It's always the women's fault," Francis said sarcastically. "Poor woman! We must defend women!" your social media marketing partner


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+6 # CAMUS1111 2015-04-30 10:57
So the pope now thinks all female priests should be paid the same as all male priests?! Glad to hear it!
+3 # Radscal 2015-04-30 12:36
It's absurd that The Church continues to follow the New Testament view that women cannot be teachers/leader s as so clearly stated in Timothy... especially since Jesus is reported as being so open-minded about women (at least relative to other Jews of the time).

But no priests are paid. Some live very "high on the hog," of course. But none are actually paid any salaries/wages. It's a scam of course.
+3 # CAMUS1111 2015-04-30 13:00
"But no priests are paid.Some live very "high on the hog," of course."--- I think I knew that; no, I know I knew that.
+3 # Radscal 2015-04-30 12:27
I have a born-again neighbor who told me this Pope is making her wish she was a Catholic. He's so far ahead of the "Christian Right" in this country on social, political and economic issues.

Of course, there's a whole lot of baggage that goes along with Catholicism, but Frankie is doing much to shift both the views of the world's billion + Catholics, and the views of the world about Catholicism.

Such an improvement over Pope Nazi.
+1 # JJS 2015-05-01 06:51
I'm am not affiliated with any organized religion and Pope Francis makes me wish I was Catholic, except for that baggage thing. I am so excited and hopeful that this Pope will help create a more compassionate society of (hu)man.
+2 # progressiveguy 2015-04-30 12:43
All religions are stupid to a certain degree but it amazes me how intelligent women of the Roman Catholic faith can abide with church doctrine excluding women from the priesthood and banning most forms of birth control. Any talk about equality that ignores this is meaningless.
+1 # ritawalpoleague 2015-04-30 14:05
After Pope Francis dies, provided I outlive him, I'm bound to join in with nominating him for 'sainthood'. I love
his admonishing of people across the globe to protect the environment, a.k.a. 'save Mother Earth and its atmosphere and all life on it'; pushing the RC church into recognition and respect of our LGBT people; demanding assistance/prot ection of the poorest of the poor and homeless and hungry; refuting the need for woman to be 'constantly re-producing' breeding machines (with the 'need to follow your conscience' Jesuit style admonishment); heftily saying no-no to sexual violations by clergy of children/women with no revealing/penal izing of same; penalizing greed, via dismissal of greedy plus hierarchy, etc..

Truly do believe it will be this Pope who, in the not too distant future, allows for the ordination of women as priests and their promotion into hierarchic roles, as was in place in the early RC church.

And, hope I do, also, that Pope Francis will re-enter/re-sta te Vatican 11 and its 'we are all one church' ruling. Pull together Catholics and Episcopalians (and, perhaps, Lutherans also), into the sooooo needed in todays world, truly Christian m.o. of 'more love, more caring, more giving, more sharing', thereby pushing into place more peace and justice for all. Amen.

I can hope, can't I?
+1 # CAMUS1111 2015-04-30 14:31
One gets to be a saint by being a "normal" progressive of sorts? Centuries later? Hmmm.... Please!
+3 # cymricmorty 2015-04-30 19:58
I like Pope Francis, but he'd have to pull off at least one miracle in order to be canonized. (That's if I remember right; I try to forget parochial school.) Changing doctrine in favor of Right to Choose would be a real miracle.
+1 # CAMUS1111 2015-04-30 20:01
or something less ambitious--turn ing water into single malt scotch or at least irish...
+1 # cymricmorty 2015-04-30 20:04
Yup. It happened to be payday today! Here's a health to you.
+1 # CAMUS1111 2015-04-30 20:07
+1 # cymricmorty 2015-04-30 20:08
Off topic quarantine.
P.S. The Irish are a little behind as far as whiskey vs. whisky, but they're catching up.
0 # polfrosch 2015-05-01 05:34
I´m hoping with you.

And we have reason to hope, because all of what he says and does is not a collection of single unrelated topics, collected from panel tests and polls, but they emanate from a core, thousands of years in existence, which -in his case- consists of good will.

More will follow.

"How many divisions has the pope?" asked Stalin. None. But unlike Stalin Francis could produce overwhelming power over a long time, getting stronger because his legacy would last.

And yes, the missing but essential part of the female - which is half of the world and the heavens - missing in most (or all?) world religions, is probably the most important missing piece of all.

This will not change fast or easily, but I see all guideposts turning into the right directions with this pope Francis. It´s a long way though. (In reality it was communism who was the biggest game changer up to now - but lacking the depth.)

This would be it. The reunification of heart and mind. If that happens, I will become catholic.

Until then, I will admire Francis and will try to help whereever possible and finding a chance to do so.

Regarding the move towards "progessive positions" by pope Francis: This spirituality and "caritas" (active pity) could be stronger than politics, but would produce political action.
+1 # polfrosch 2015-05-01 07:31
Pope Francis orders vatican to open open Argentina dirty war disappearence case files
0 # reiverpacific 2015-04-30 21:27
With apologies for the Dutch subtitles.

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