Pope says ‘scandal’ of inequality, fear of marriage must be addressed

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April 29, 2015

Pope Francis speaks during his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican April 29. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-AUDIENCE April 29, 2015.

Pope Francis speaks during his general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican April 29. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Two millennia after the “Gospel of the family” defeated an abusive social practice that humiliated women, the “radical equality” of spouses in Christian marriage must now bear “new fruit” in society, including “the right to equal pay for equal work,” said Pope Francis.

This “disparity” between men and women in the workplace is “a pure scandal,” Pope Francis said April 29 during his weekly general audience.

Continuing a series of audience talks about marriage, the pope began by saying Jesus demonstrated his great fondness and solicitude for marriage and family when he changed water into wine at the wedding at Cana.

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