Online Business Insider magazine (1) reported that company Momentum Machines has designed a robotic burger device meant to “completely obviate” employees. The definition of “obviate” means to “render unnecessary”. (2)

Its nickname is the “Burger-Bot” machine, and its design is to address the growing popularity of increasing the minimum wage in the United States especially by fast food workers. The National Restaurant Association in their July 2014 brief, (3) urges opposition to the Minimum Wage Fairness Act (S. 2223, by Sen. Tom Harkin); the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013 (H.R. 1010, by Rep. George Miller)

If Pope Francis were to offer an opinion, I’m sure he would look to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, #2426 which states:

“The development of economic activity and growth in production are meant to provide for the needs of human beings. Economic life is not meant solely to multiply goods produced and increase profit or power; it is ordered first of all to the service of persons, of the whole man, and of the entire human community. Economic activity, conducted according to its own proper methods, is to be exercised within the limits of the moral order, in keeping with social justice so as to correspond to God’s plan for man.”

The Pope would no doubt side with low wage earners and those struggling to make ends meet, or provide for their family. Francis

He would also look to a document of his Predecessor, Pope Leo XIII in the 1891 encyclical “Rerum Novarum” and look for an acceptable compromise between the rights and duties of Capital and Labor. (4)





Most importantly, Pope Francis would be firmly against any device, which seeks to “obviate” the dignity of the human person.