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The UN, the Vatican and the battle over the minimum wage

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Michael Sean Winters has commentary on two issues that I doubt he sees are related. The last published is on his agreement with George Weigel on the matters of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child and the Holy See on not only child endangerment but also abortion. You can find the article at http://ncronline.org/blogs/distinctly-catholic/below-freezing-hell-msw-a...

Here is the thing. I agree with the UN. The Holy See's position on its liability for the actions of the bishops it is feels free to appoint is simply wrong. Either the Pope, the Conference of Bishops and the diplomatically appointed Nunios are is in charge and therefore accountable or they are not. Put in those terms, there is not argument.

As for the legality of abortion, it is different from the morality of it. Far different. One can condemn it and refuse to give the state a role in restricting it - which is what the Church should do - rather than hoping that there is some way that governments can actually outlaw abortion without simply leaving the tragedy of abortion in place while spreading the carnage to women and girls. The Church has aligned itself with some nasty characters, from third world autocrats to the American Republican Party, in service to its pious wish that abortion can be regulated by the state - especially in a world of increasingly natural rights republics (rather than unfettered parliaments). Instead, it should focus on state actions which make having a child economically favorable - such as raising the minimum wage and enlarging a child tax credit.

Interesting that the UNCRC would be pro abortion. This is probably because teenage girls are among those most likely to die from back alley abortion - so it is not truthspeak here.

MSW also writes about the minimum wage and Catholic doctrine. You can read his views at http://ncronline.org/blogs/distinctly-catholic/new-cbo-report-minimum-wage Here are mine:

Catholic Social Teaching demands not just an adequate minimum wage but one that can support a family. Of course, family size is a big variable in that equation. Not only must the minimum wage go up (and it must) but the Child Tax Credit as well.

This cannot be done by subsidiary forces (except maybe for state governments, who could also enact such a credit for their income taxes or sales tax rebates) - it must be governmental.

The economy won't do it, as those who are just will be outcompeted by those who are unjust. Indeed, I suspect most businesses heave a quiet sigh of relief when government acts - at least those who are willing to do the right thing but are afraid to due to competitive pressures.

There is one other way that the Church could insert itself into the debate. It could demand under pain of mortal sin that Catholic employers and shareholders pay a higher wage and a higher per child benefit, regardless of what the government does. Of course, the hue and cry would be deafenning - especially since the Catholic Church as an employer does not seem to do these things itself (CCUSA did not give us a $12,000 wage when Catie was born - even though that would have been in compliance with Catholic Social Teaching - which is why they covered contraception).

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