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Pope echoes feminist anthem in lesson on family life: Equal pay for equal work

  • Pope Francis delivers his message during the weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, April 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

    Pope Francis delivers his message during the weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, April 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)  (The Associated Press)

  • Pope Francis is cheered by faithful as he leaves St. Peter's Square at the end of the weekly general audience at the Vatican, Wednesday, April 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

    Pope Francis is cheered by faithful as he leaves St. Peter's Square at the end of the weekly general audience at the Vatican, Wednesday, April 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)  (The Associated Press)

  • Pope Francis is cheered by faithful as he leaves St. Peter's Square at the end of the weekly general audience at the Vatican, Wednesday, April 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

    Pope Francis is cheered by faithful as he leaves St. Peter's Square at the end of the weekly general audience at the Vatican, Wednesday, April 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)  (The Associated Press)

Pope Francis has added his voice to the feminist anthem of equal pay for equal work, saying it's "scandalous" that women earn less than men for doing the same job.

Francis also lambasted the attitude of some who blame the crisis in families on women getting out of the house to work. He says such attitudes are a form of "machismo" that shows how men "want to dominate women."

Francis made the comments during his Wednesday general audience. He has devoted the past few months of his weekly catechism lessons to exploring different aspects of family life.

Francis says husband and wife must be complementary: "We should support with decisiveness the right to equal pay for equal work. Why is it a given that women must earn less than men?"