Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Catholic Employer Obligations Beyond Denying Rubbers


Obamacare has forced many Catholic and Christian employers to reconsider if they can stay in business and in God and Obama's  good graces. Christians are told “... to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.” But we cannot give what is immoral, in this case coverage for birth control.  For those with a well-formed conscience following Obama's mandate makes them complicit in a grave evil. 

Vatican Cardinal: If Catholic employers provide contraceptive coverage they cooperate in sin


I agree, Obama has placed Catholics and many Christians in an untenable spot.
It's abhorrent to me the choice employers are being asked to make.But this is not the first time employers have faced a near occasion of sin and I hazard many have fallen prey to it.

Workers are due their wages as a matter of justice. The Catechism tells us that “a just wage is the legitimate fruit of work” (2434). 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. Thomas Aquinas wrote in the Summa Theologica, “No one is obliged to live unbecomingly.” (Crisis Magazine)


 Many Catholic and Christian employers pay an unlivable wage.

St. Thomas Aquinas wrote in the Summa Theologica, “No one is obliged to live unbecomingly.”

The Church teaches that depriving a worker of his just wages, whether by withholding them or failing to pay a just wage, is gravely sinful (CCC 2434), and in fact has called it one of the four “sins that cry to heaven for vengeance."


I bet few Catholic companies pay a  family wage.  Pius XI wrote: “Every effort must therefore be made that fathers of families receive a wage large enough to meet ordinary family needs adequately” (QA 71). John Paul II also advocated the family wage, seeing it as a protection against treating human beings themselves as a commodity, to be evaluated solely on the basis of their productive potential.


Catholicism is for and with the workers, Catholic employers appear to be for and with the Church when it is advantageous to do so.


As an aside, I think the disparity between how man is meant to live and work and how the work world works is why we suffer so much on the job. We aren't meant to slave for egomaniacs and sacrifice our family life for overtime at work; life is not supposed to be served for the corporate vision and "values" (ever read a list of corporate values, they're vacuous platitudes)

The meaning of life is for us to discover that we are true children of an infinitely loving and merciful God,to find out what our responsibilities are to our Creator,and to fulfill those responsibilities. (source)



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