Class Warfare Blog

June 13, 2012

Finally, the Pope Steps Up for Working People

Filed under: Politics,Religion — Steve Ruis @ 12:56 pm
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With the news that the recession wiped out nearly two decades of middle-class families wealth, amounting to almost 40% of the average Americans net worth, it probably also doesn’t come as a surprise that the top 10% of Americans (by income) saw their net worth increase over the same period, rising from a median of $1.17 million in 2007 to $1.19 million in 2010.

Finally, the Pope has stepped up to address the issue of the rich taking advantage of the poor and working classes. The Pope defended worker’s rights and union rights as well as Government’s responsibility to step in to help the poor and downtrodden in his comments. Here are excerpts:

(Communities need to) “save unfortunate working people from the cruelty of men of greed, who use human beings as mere instruments for money making.”

Let the working man and the employer make free agreements, and in particular let them agree freely as to the wages; nevertheless, there underlies a dictate of natural justice more imperious and ancient than any bargain between man and man, namely, that wages ought not to be insufficient to support a frugal and well-behaved wage-earner. If through necessity or fear of a worse evil the workman accept harder conditions because an employer or contractor will afford him no better, he is made the victim of force and injustice.”

“. . . it may be truly said that it is only by the labor of working men that States grow rich.”

The richer class have many ways of shielding themselves, and stand less in need of help from the State; whereas the mass of the poor have no resources of their own to fall back upon, and must chiefly depend upon the assistance of the State. And it is for this reason that wage-earners, since they mostly belong in the mass of the needy, should be specially cared for and protected by the government.”

This was Pope Leo XIII in, well, . . . , uh, 1891. I guess their policy has changed.

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