Pope Francis says pay gap between men and women is ‘pure scandal’

Pope Francis arrives for his General Audience today (AP)

Pope Francis makes equality plea in general audience reflection

Pope Francis has called for equal pay for women, calling the difference in income between men and women a “pure scandal”. The pontiff was speaking at a catechetical reflection on marriage and family at his weekly general audience in St Peter’s Square today.

Speaking on the subject of family dissolution, the Pope said: “The Christian seed of radical equality between men and women must bring new fruits,” in our time.

Arguing that “the witness of the social dignity of marriage shall become persuasive”, the Pope said that “as Christians, we must become more demanding in this regard: for example, [by] supporting with decision the right to equal retribution for equal work; disparity is a pure scandal.”

However, he added, we must also recognise “the maternity of women and the paternity of men as a perennially valid treasure, for the benefit of children”.

Speaking about the crisis of marriage, Pope Francis said: “Today, society is confronted with fewer marriages. In many countries, separation of couples is increasing, while the number of children is decreasing. These broken marriage bonds affect the young most of all, as they come to view marriage as something temporary. Perhaps there is a fear of failure which prevents men and women from trusting in Christ’s promise of grace in marriage and in the family.”

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4 Responses to Pope Francis says pay gap between men and women is ‘pure scandal’

  1. Cedric Vaz says:

    Charity begins at home. So let’s first start by following the Pope’s comment to the letter in our very own Catholic schools, colleges, hospitals, hostels and so many other institutions that we have. Let’s walk the talk and lead others by example !

  2. Prof. Vincent Monteiro says:

    From: Prof. Vincent Monteiro –St. Blaise Church- Amboli-Andheri-Mumbai 400058.

    Kind Attn: Fr. Nigel Barret.

    In reference to your statement on “Gender Policy” of Catholic Church in India and action initiated by the Bombay Archdiocese to this effect. May I place on record the harassment of a female worker employed in the Parish of St. Blaise Church – Amboli by the Parish Priest and his assistant?
    I have drawn the attention of all concerned to this critical issue vide my e-mail to Konkani Catholic@gmail.com on April , 2015 with no response from any of the concerned custodians to this serious issue.
    The statement given by this concerned female worker conforms to the clauses enshrined in the “sexual harassment of women at workplace (prevention) prohibition and redressel Act 2013.
    Can all concerned with women issue take a lead to bring justice to this female worker.

  3. Peter Prabhu says:

    Nigel Baretto will dodge you and never give you a solution.

  4. Pingback: Pope Francis says pay gap between men and women is ‘pure scandal’ | Christian Reforms

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