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Pope Francis is a FEMINIST. Pope Francis: It’s ‘pure scandal’ that women earn less than men for the same work

Are you looking for reasons to fall in love with the Pope, then, look no further

Pope Francis said Wednesday that he supports equal pay for men and women who perform the same jobs. The fact that a disparity exists, the pontiff said, is a “pure scandal.”

Francis’s comments highlighted the church’s longstanding social teachings on workers’ rights, in a speech on the importance of marriage in society.

In his Wednesday general audience remarks, Francis asked Catholics to consider “the Christian seed of radical equality between men and women” when discussing the reasons behind declining marriage rates around the world, according to Vatican Radio.

In response, Christians should “become more demanding” for that “radical equality,” the Pope added. For example, “by supporting the right of equal pay for equal work.”

“Why should it be taken for granted that women must earn less than men? The disparity is pure scandal,” Francis said, according to the Italian news service ANSA.

“The witness of the social dignity of marriage shall become persuasive, precisely by this way: the way of witness that attracts,” he added.

According to the National Catholic Reporter, the Pope also said it was “not true” and an “insult” to suggest that women’s rights movements should take the blame for declining marriage rates. Doing so “is a form of chauvinism that always wants to control the woman,” Francis said.

John Carr, until recently the longtime head of the social justice arm of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said Francis’ statement is not new in Catholic teaching, but that the pope is highlighting it in a notable context – saving families.

“Others talk about the moral pressures on families, but he also focuses on the economic issues. He is stating it in the context of the importance of the family and he considers economic justice essential to the family,” Carr said.

In 1995, Pope John Paul II addressed the issue of equal pay directly in a“letter to women,” writing that ” there is an urgent need to achieve real equality in every area: equal pay for equal work, protection for working mothers, fairness in career advancements, equality of spouses with regard to family rights.”

Francis’s message on Wednesday was also in line with another influential aspect of Catholic teaching on gender found in John Paul II’s work, on the “complementary” natures of men and women.

“At the same time, we must recognize the maternity of women and the paternity of men as a perennially valid treasure, for the benefit of children,” Francis said.

WashingtonPost

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Tay-O in Ngambe

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Tay-O is back with a terrific follow up single after ‘Follow ma lida’. The soulful love tune is a dexterous melange of Benskin rhythm and Afro pop. The song was produced by Deecy and video directed by Sky Star. Made available to Nexdim by Mumak Management.

Meet Nabi “Paula J’Neila Norberts” Nkwain 1:1

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WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT YOUR PROFESSION?
This question is kind of difficult answer. Like I was told by someone, ” if you can give every reason why you love someone/something it means you don’t love that person or that thing. I just love everything about what I do. It’s hard to tell why but I’m just going to give you one or two reasons why I I love what I do or what I like most about what I do. To start with, I currently have three professions. I am a Registered Nurse, a Model and an Usher in church. So I’m going to tell you what I like about each of these professions (lol). Working as a nurse gives me the opportunity to provide care. I love taking care of people. I love helping people who are in need. Besides, I get paid for doing what I love (lol).You can’t bid that. As a model, I enjoy it because I get to do what I really love like dressing up, looking good and taking pictures. I love traveling and all that. With modeling and acting I’ve the chance to visit different places at different times. As an usher in church, I have the privilege to serve God in serving his people. Most people don’t have this opportunity. I enjoy every bit of what I do plus I get a special reward from God. All that said, I’m a “people person” as we normally say so I cherish the fact that my professions give me the opportunity to meet new people and make new friends.
WHAT DO YOU DO IN YOUR SPARE TIME?
I have a busy work schedule. So I make sure I use my time wisely. I’ve a couple of things I do during spare time Like I spend time with God. Just Meditate on and study the Bible and pray. I love dancing so Sometimes I just play a couple of gospel songs and dance till I get tired (lol). I spend time with close friends and my sister if they happen to be off work. I love to shop so I my shopping when I’m free. I love to cook so I do a lot of cooking during my spare time. Sometimes I turn off my phones, go to the park or the lake and sit there, admiring nature. I love watching movies and reading books so I do that sometimes when I’ve the time to.
Nabi
IF YOU HADN’T BEEN BORN IN THIS CENTURY, WHEN AND WHERE WOULD YOU LIKE TO HAVE LIVED?
Lord!! I would’ve loved to live where and when Jesus lived. I would’ve love to even live in the same house with him or be one of his disciples. I don’t think ther would’ve been anything as graceful as living in the same house with Jesus. I always imagined what my life would’ve been if I was born and lived in that era.
DO YOU BELIEVE IN THE TRADITIONAL ROLES FOR MEN AND WOMEN?
You know culturally speaking i come from a society where people believe that men and women have their distinct roles to play like men getting all the education and working while women stay at home and take care of kids. I really don’t believe in that coz I believe that everyone has the right to education and the right to excel regardless of gender. However I believe in respect and love for one another irrespective of their roles and gender.
WHAT’S THE FIRST SONG YOU EVER REMEMBER HEARING?
Ummmm!!! I really don’t remember which song I heard first but I remember listening to and signing songs by Jim Reeves, Everly Brothers, Elvis Priestly, Miriam Makeba, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Micheal Jackson, Dolly Parton, Prince Nicko Mbarga and just to name a few.
ARE YOU MARRIED OR INVOLVED WITH ANYONE?
Hahaha!!! Well i am not married but I’m in a relationship…

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Losing my religion for equality. An essay by President James Earl Carter #39

Women and girls have been discriminated against for too long in a twisted interpretation of the word of God.

I HAVE been a practising Christian all my life and a deacon and Bible teacher for many years. My faith is a source of strength and comfort to me, as religious beliefs are to hundreds of millions of people around the world. So my decision to sever my ties with the Southern Baptist Convention, after six decades, was painful and difficult. It was, however, an unavoidable decision when the convention’s leaders, quoting a few carefully selected Bible verses and claiming that Eve was created second to Adam and was responsible for original sin, ordained that women must be “subservient” to their husbands and prohibited from serving as deacons, pastors or chaplains in the military service.

This view that women are somehow inferior to men is not restricted to one religion or belief. Women are prevented from playing a full and equal role in many faiths. Nor, tragically, does its influence stop at the walls of the church, mosque, synagogue or temple. This discrimination, unjustifiably attributed to a Higher Authority, has provided a reason or excuse for the deprivation of women’s equal rights across the world for centuries.

At its most repugnant, the belief that women must be subjugated to the wishes of men excuses slavery, violence, forced prostitution, genital mutilation and national laws that omit rape as a crime. But it also costs many millions of girls and women control over their own bodies and lives, and continues to deny them fair access to education, health, employment and influence within their own communities.

The impact of these religious beliefs touches every aspect of our lives. They help explain why in many countries boys are educated before girls; why girls are told when and whom they must marry; and why many face enormous and unacceptable risks in pregnancy and childbirth because their basic health needs are not met.

In some Islamic nations, women are restricted in their movements, punished for permitting the exposure of an arm or ankle, deprived of education, prohibited from driving a car or competing with men for a job. If a woman is raped, she is often most severely punished as the guilty party in the crime.

The same discriminatory thinking lies behind the continuing gender gap in pay and why there are still so few women in office in the West. The root of this prejudice lies deep in our histories, but its impact is felt every day. It is not women and girls alone who suffer. It damages all of us. The evidence shows that investing in women and girls delivers major benefits for society. An educated woman has healthier children. She is more likely to send them to school. She earns more and invests what she earns in her family.

It is simply self-defeating for any community to discriminate against half its population. We need to challenge these self-serving and outdated attitudes and practices – as we are seeing in Iran where women are at the forefront of the battle for democracy and freedom.

I understand, however, why many political leaders can be reluctant about stepping into this minefield. Religion, and tradition, are powerful and sensitive areas to challenge. But my fellow Elders and I, who come from many faiths and backgrounds, no longer need to worry about winning votes or avoiding controversy – and we are deeply committed to challenging injustice wherever we see it.

The Elders are an independent group of eminent global leaders, brought together by former South African president Nelson Mandela, who offer their influence and experience to support peace building, help address major causes of human suffering and promote the shared interests of humanity. We have decided to draw particular attention to the responsibility of religious and traditional leaders in ensuring equality and human rights and have recently published a statement that declares: “The justification of discrimination against women and girls on grounds of religion or tradition, as if it were prescribed by a Higher Authority, is unacceptable.”

We are calling on all leaders to challenge and change the harmful teachings and practices, no matter how ingrained, which justify discrimination against women. We ask, in particular, that leaders of all religions have the courage to acknowledge and emphasise the positive messages of dignity and equality that all the world’s major faiths share.

The carefully selected verses found in the Holy Scriptures to justify the superiority of men owe more to time and place – and the determination of male leaders to hold onto their influence – than eternal truths. Similar biblical excerpts could be found to support the approval of slavery and the timid acquiescence to oppressive rulers.

I am also familiar with vivid descriptions in the same Scriptures in which women are revered as pre-eminent leaders. During the years of the early Christian church women served as deacons, priests, bishops, apostles, teachers and prophets. It wasn’t until the fourth century that dominant Christian leaders, all men, twisted and distorted Holy Scriptures to perpetuate their ascendant positions within the religious hierarchy.

The truth is that male religious leaders have had – and still have – an option to interpret holy teachings either to exalt or subjugate women. They have, for their own selfish ends, overwhelmingly chosen the latter. Their continuing choice provides the foundation or justification for much of the pervasive persecution and abuse of women throughout the world. This is in clear violation not just of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights but also the teachings of Jesus Christ, the Apostle Paul, Moses and the prophets, Muhammad, and founders of other great religions – all of whom have called for proper and equitable treatment of all the children of God. It is time we had the courage to challenge these views.

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Jimmy Carter was president of the United States from 1977 to 1981.