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But a just wage is not that which will merely provide sufficient food, clothing, and shelter.To live at a subsistence level is to live at the minimum condition of human dignity, and, as St.
The partisan debate was predictable: Democratic advocates of the raise cited concern for poor and working families, and Republican opponents cited concern for the impact the hike may have on small business and overall employment.A man with property is more inclined to look to the future and make provision for it.It is well-known that stable neighborhoods of homeowners have far less crime and other social problems than those otherwise composed.First, the Church observes biblical admonitions such as Deuteronomy : You shall pay him [the hired man or servant] each day’s wages before sundown on the day itself, since he is poor and looks forward to them.Otherwise he will cry to the Lord against you, and you will be held guilty.teaches, “defend and promote the common good of civil society, its citizens, and intermediate bodies” (1910).
Furthermore, “the state has a responsibility for its citizens’ well-being” (2372).
People can, and often do, work for reasons beyond simple economic utility.
Missionaries and those who work among the poor submit themselves to great privations and hardships in order to serve God and their fellow men.
The worker, by living “sparingly, saves money, and, for greater security, invests his savings,” and has the “hope and possibility of increasing his resources and of bettering his condition in life” (, saying that by accumulating property, workers can emerge “from that hand-to-mouth uncertainty which is the lot of the proletarian.
Thus they will not only be in a position to support life’s changing fortunes, but will also have the reassuring confidence that when their lives are ended, some little provision will remain for those whom they leave behind them” (61).
Pope John Paul II elaborated on this teaching in Economic activity, especially the activity of a market economy, cannot be conducted in an institutional, juridical or political vacuum.