CNS PHOTO | EDUARDO MUNOZ, REUTERS

A woman exits a McDonald's restaurant in New York Dec. 4 while members of the MoveOn organization shout slogans against the company.

December 16, 2013

When fast-food workers across the United States walked off their jobs demanding higher wages Dec. 5, their actions should have caught the attention of the nation's Catholics, say those who stress that the call for a living wage echoes long-standing Catholic social teaching.

Christine Firer Hinze, theology professor at Fordham University in New York, said "No one should work full time and be in poverty."

Hinze said that she was not saying anything new but merely reiterating Pope Leo XIII's 1891 encyclical Rerum Novarum with its call for just wages.