Archbishop Chaput’s message needs to reach the broader audience of Catholics especially when they are subject to local campaigns in the pew of economic issues such as increasing of the minimum wage.
“Jesus tells us very clearly that if we don’t help the poor, we’re going to go to hell,” Archbishop Chaput explained. “But Jesus didn’t say the government has to take care of them, or that we have to pay taxes to take care of them. Those are prudential judgments.”
“You can’t say that somebody’s not Christian because they want to limit taxation,” he continued. “To say that it’s somehow intrinsically evil like abortion doesn’t make any sense at all.” Archbishop Chaput
What a refreshingly clear statement! This is the message that needs to be made loud and clear, especially when Catholics in the pew are subjected to such messages from the pulpit like the recent Labor in the Pulpit Sunday that took place in the Diocese of San Jose for the observance of Labor Day. A local politician running for office Paul Fong addressed the faithful in the pews, but neglected to say he was in a contested race. His talk about living wage was not fair nor balanced.
Fr. Roger Landry gave a homily, The Gospel of Human Work, Labor Day 2004, September 6, 2004 where he gives a lesson about how God gave us the gift of work from the beginning and how it was not taken as a result of the fall, but transformed into a grace to help us participate in the work of salvation for ourselves and others. It is a beautiful reflection and a necessary one given the timely issues for Election 2012.