Pope Francis Calls Pay Disparities Between Women and Men a 'Pure Scandal'

First, Patricia Arquette at the Oscars, now, Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square: It's "pure scandal" that women are paid less than men

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Women’s rights advocate Patricia Arquette will have to make some room for Pope Francis, the feminist.

The leader of the Roman Catholic church declared on Wednesday that men and women who perform the same job should be paid equally, calling gender-based income disparities a “pure scandal.”

Francis, 78, also called for Christians around the world to “become more demanding” in righting that wrong, according to the Washington Post.

While reflecting on the importance of marriage in society during his weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square, Francis asked Catholics to uphold “the Christian seed of radical equality between men and women.”

“For example: supporting with conviction the right of equal compensation for equal work.”

“Why is it expected that women must earn less than men?,” he asked. “No! They have the same rights. The disparity is a pure scandal.”

The pope also said that blaming declining marriage rates on the women’s rights movement is “an insult” and “a form of chauvinism that always wants to control the woman,” according to the National Catholic Reporter.

Francis joins many celebrities in the fight for equal pay for women, including Emma Watson, Meryl Streep and Arquette, who called for wage equality in a buzzed-about Oscar acceptance speech.

“To every woman who gave birth, to every taxpayer and citizen of this nation, we have fought for everybody else’s equal rights,” she said. “It’s our time to have wage equality once and for all and equal rights for women in the United States of America.”

Arquette may appreciate knowing that Francis has her back.

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