On the 50th anniversary of that inglorious war without an exit strategy, the war on poverty, Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski, chairman of the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development on behalf of the USCCB and Father Larry Snyder, president of Catholic Charities USA, sent a letter to the U.S. Senate asking the federal government to raise the minimum wage.

The stated goal of raising the minimum wage of Archbishop Wesnki and Fr. Snyder is to ‘fix’ the problem that “a full-year, full-time worker making the minimum wage does not make enough money to raise a child free from poverty.”

Archbishop Wenski advocates this position on behalf of the entire US Conference of Catholic Bishops. Can a Catholic legitimately and morally oppose this prudential policy decision while remaining a Catholic in good standing and if so, should the USCCB advocate for such policies?

I believe the answer to these questions are yes and no, respectively.

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