The federal minimum wage takes another jump this month, in what proponents say is a step toward economic justice for society’s most vulnerable workers. But with unemployment nearing 10 percent and teen joblessness twice as high, others argue that a delay would have been wiser — and more righteous than putting additional jobs at risk.
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Pope Benedict XVI released his third encyclical, “Caritas in Veritate,” on Tuesday, July 7. The encyclical — an authoritative teaching document from the pope — applies Benedict’s ideas and the Catholic social justice tradition to the economic crisis. It also comes out as the G-8 summit convenes in Italy.
Debate over the role of faith in the workplace is roiling and transforming American society as much as any other “public square” religion issue today. Experts say the phenomenon could have a greater long-term impact on the public role of religion than high-profile controversies such as school prayer or displays of the Ten Commandments.