Here is Bulletin_2015-10-18
This week we are on Fact No. 1 “Adjusted for inflation, the federal minimum wage peaked in 1968.” If Father remains true to form, over the next four weeks we will be involuntarily exposed to:
Fact No. 2 Nearly half (48.2%) of the 3 million hourly workers who were at or below the federal minimum in 2014 were ages 16 to 24.
Fact No. 3 Twenty-nine states, plus the District of Columbia and nearly two dozen cities and counties, have set their own higher minimums.
Fact No. 4 About 20.6 million people (or 30% of all hourly, non-self-employed workers 18 and older) are “near-minimum-wage” workers.
Fact No. 5 The restaurant/food service industry is the single biggest employer of near-minimum-wage workers.
Why? Why? Why? Why go to the Pew Research Center? What’s the point of going to the secular world, when we can go to one of our Church’s great repositories of faith? Why not go to the Catechism of the Catholic Church and have us read the following?
2434 A just wage is the legitimate fruit of work. To refuse or withhold it can be a grave injustice.220 In determining fair pay both the needs and the contributions of each person must be taken into account. “Remuneration for work should guarantee man the opportunity to provide a dignified livelihood for himself and his family on the material, social, cultural and spiritual level, taking into account the role and the productivity of each, the state of the business, and the common good.”221 Agreement between the parties is not sufficient to justify morally the amount to be received in wages.
Why must we look to our government for solutions? Why can’t we just proclaim the truths of our Catholic teachings and live in accord with what we proclaim? What is there outside of the Church that can compare with the teaching of Jesus Christ? Father, we would do much better to proclaim the Gospel rather than political opinions of the times. We would do much better to show the world what we Catholics have, rather than to tell the Catholics of St. Peter’s what a poverty the world has. There is, after all, a difference between a government imposed minimum wage and a just wage. That is what you should be telling your flock.
2. On My Honor: We wish we had the time to go into detail on this following point. Unfortunately, we do not. Last week, in our post For the Sheep in Exile – 2015-10-11, we briefly mentioned the difficulties encountered within the ranks of the Boy Scouts of America organization here in Rappahannock County. The points we were trying to make there, didn’t afford us the opportunity to discuss the valiant effort by one St. Peter’s parishioner to bring about a peaceful solution to these difficulties. That courageous soul, apparently motivated by a lifelong dedication to the original goals of Scouting, was quoted by our local paper concerning a statement about “conscience”. My wife and I understand that statement and agree with it. At least one individual in the community was not so understanding and took issue with the statement by means of a letter to the editor of the Rappahannock News.
Without going into painful detail, that person made an error in historical research, ascribing a quote to Justice Scalia (Employment Division v. Smith (1994)), which was actually (and originally) made in a Supreme Court ruling (Reynolds v. United States, 98 U.S. (8 Otto.) 145 (1878)) more than a hundred years earlier dealing with the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints. It was both a political and religious slam against a good person. My wife recommended that I write a letter to the editor rebutting the ill-advised critic of our fellow parishioner. I believe there is no real profit in that course of action. Even Fre3d Capra is smarter than this critic. His public humiliation would not serve the Lord.
Instead, let us here in our parish, pay tribute to a fellow parishioner who is doing his best to live the Scout Oath and his Catholic faith. Meanwhile, the churches of Rappahannock County are moving farther and farther away from each other. The long-held beliefs of our country are being trampled under foot. We, as Catholics and the sheep of St. Peter’s, more and more will be confronted with the same questions concerning “conscience” that our fellow parishioner has encountered. Let us pray for the grace to sustain us through these coming times of trial and hardship and let us pray for each other and encourage each other. We are the Church Militant!