According to several news outlets, yesterday marked a historic day for Seattle. Labor leaders, business leaders and city officials reached a deal to raise the city’s minimum wage to $15 per hour, as announced by Mayor Ed Murray.

In speaking about yesterday’s decision, Murray, regarded as a “social gospel Catholic,” quoted Pope Francis on social justice and income inequality.

Although the measure’s outcome is uncertain, it still is very interesting to note that Pope Francis’s rejection of market ideology has found some real world traction.

Some people continue to defend trickle-down theories which assume that economic growth, encouraged by a free market, will inevitably succeed in bringing about greater justice and inclusiveness in the world. This opinion, which has never been confirmed by the facts, expresses a crude and naïve trust in the goodness of those wielding economic power and in the sacralized workings of the prevailing economic system. Meanwhile, the excluded are still waiting. To sustain a lifestyle which excludes others, or to sustain enthusiasm for that selfish ideal, a globalization of indifference has developed. Almost without being aware of it, we end up being incapable of feeling compassion at the outcry of the poor, weeping for other people’s pain, and feeling a need to help them, as though all this were someone else’s responsibility and not our own. The culture of prosperity deadens us; we are thrilled if the market offers us something new to purchase; and in the meantime all those lives stunted for lack of opportunity seem a mere spectacle; they fail to move us (Evangelii Gaudium).

Pope Francis Pursues Sinner Across Vatican City Rooftops - The Onion

Pope Francis Pursues Sinner Across Vatican City Rooftops – The Onion

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