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    Pope condemns 'slave labor' conditions in collapsed Bangladesh factory

    By Philip Pullella, Reuters
    VATICAN CITY Pope Francis on Wednesday condemned the conditions of workers who died in the Bangladesh factory collapse as "slave labor," saying unjust salaries and the unbridled quest for profits were "against God."

    His words were his toughest yet on workers' rights since his election on March 13, and another indication that the former archbishop of Buenos Aires was intent on making social justice a major plank of his pontificate.

    "Living on 38 euros ($50) a month - that was the pay of these people who died. That is called slave labor," Francis said in a private impromptu sermon at his personal morning Mass in his residence, Vatican Radio reported......

    The pope, speaking on May Day, the international labor day, said: "Not paying a just wage, not giving work, only because one is looking at the bottom line, at the budget of the company, seeking only profit - that is against God".

    Pope condemns 'slave labor' conditions in collapsed Bangladesh factory - World News

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    Re: Pope condemns 'slave labor' conditions in collapsed Bangladesh factory

    What are the prevailing wages paid to religious nuns and monks again?

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    Re: Pope condemns 'slave labor' conditions in collapsed Bangladesh factory

    Quote Originally Posted by Fisher View Post
    What are the prevailing wages paid to religious nuns and monks again?
    Not sure.....are you going to be comparing religious organizations to a garment factory ?

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    Re: Pope condemns 'slave labor' conditions in collapsed Bangladesh factory

    Quote Originally Posted by Utility Man View Post
    Not sure.....are you going to be comparing religious organizations to a garment factory ?
    I'm saying if you are profiting from the work of people not really being paid other than tokens plus their food and shelter, you might want to tread lightly when condemning the pay others give.

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    Re: Pope condemns 'slave labor' conditions in collapsed Bangladesh factory

    Quote Originally Posted by Utility Man View Post
    By Philip Pullella, Reuters
    VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis on Wednesday condemned the conditions of workers who died in the Bangladesh factory collapse as "slave labor," saying unjust salaries and the unbridled quest for profits were "against God."

    His words were his toughest yet on workers' rights since his election on March 13, and another indication that the former archbishop of Buenos Aires was intent on making social justice a major plank of his pontificate.

    "Living on 38 euros ($50) a month - that was the pay of these people who died. That is called slave labor," Francis said in a private impromptu sermon at his personal morning Mass in his residence, Vatican Radio reported......

    The pope, speaking on May Day, the international labor day, said: "Not paying a just wage, not giving work, only because one is looking at the bottom line, at the budget of the company, seeking only profit - that is against God".

    Pope condemns 'slave labor' conditions in collapsed Bangladesh factory - World News

    Thoughts or comments ?
    Perhaps he should sell off some of the artwork etc in the Vatican, feed the poor then give speeches to others.

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    Re: Pope condemns 'slave labor' conditions in collapsed Bangladesh factory

    Quote Originally Posted by Fisher View Post
    What are the prevailing wages paid to religious nuns and monks again?
    Don't they take a vow of poverty and put serving the Lord ahead of making money?
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    Re: Pope condemns 'slave labor' conditions in collapsed Bangladesh factory

    Quote Originally Posted by washunut View Post
    Perhaps he should sell off some of the artwork etc in the Vatican, feed the poor then give speeches to others.
    Excellent point. If he really cares, I wonder how many mouths an imperial palace in the center of Rome would feed.

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    Re: Pope condemns 'slave labor' conditions in collapsed Bangladesh factory

    Quote Originally Posted by digsbe View Post
    Don't they take a vow of poverty and put serving the Lord ahead of making money?
    I don't know if there is a standard vow of poverty for all who work for the Church or not. I am Methodist

    By that same logic though, one could argue that workers in a factory commit themselves to what they get when they agree to work for whomever other than the Lord. Is freedom to contract legally different for workers than Nuns?

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    Re: Pope condemns 'slave labor' conditions in collapsed Bangladesh factory

    Quote Originally Posted by digsbe View Post
    Don't they take a vow of poverty and put serving the Lord ahead of making money?
    Different orders have different vows, some of the orders do take a vow of poverty.
    Pope Francis was a Jesuit, that I believe includes a vow of poverty.
    From what I have seen so for the Pope practices what he preaches.

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