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Catholic bishops say GOP budget proposal fails moral test


A week after House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan claimed his Catholic faith inspired the Republicans’ cost-cutting budget plan, the nation’s Catholic bishops reiterated their demand that the federal budget protect the poor, and said the GOP measure “fails to meet these moral criteria.”

That and other strongly-worded judgments on the GOP budget proposal flew in a flurry of letters from leading bishops to the chairmen of key congressional committee.

The letters to Capitol Hill were highlighted in a Tuesday statement from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops that came after Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican and rising conservative hero, told an interviewer last week that his fiscal views were informed by Catholic social teaching.

The hierarchy’s pushback comes after liberal Catholics in Congress and progressive activists challenged the bishops to resist the GOP budget proposals with the same vigor that they have challenged the Obama administration’s contraception mandate and its perceived violations of religious freedom.

Even though the Republican-passed House budget has almost no chance of passing the Democratic-controlled Senate or the White House, it is nonetheless serving as a proxy economic platform for Republicans in the presidential campaign, and as a counterpoint for Democrats. [More]


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  1. francis Joseph says:

    I thank Chairman Paul Ryan for his trying to save our country from economic destaster. Obama wants to made this country a socialist country and have the federal goverment take care of everyone. I work with the poor and do what I can to assist them. This is how I live the gospel. But if our country continues in its current direction, I will not be working with the poor, I will be among the poor.

  2. I’m waiting to see how serious the Bishops really are about their fundamental option for the poor. When the launch a letter writing campaign on the scale of their opposition to health care reform and the contraception thing, I’ll know their serious about standing for a fully Catholic “moral criteria.” Something tells me I probably should not hold my breath.

  3. Bob says:

    I am open to correction on this, but it seems to me that this is the first time in recent memory that the Bishops have negated anything proposed or enacted by the Republicans.
    Perhaps there IS light at the end of the tunnel.

  4. Tony says:

    It’s about time that the liberal Catholic voice be heard.
    Let’s be on the side of the poor. It is a basic Christian princible.

    • Philthy says:

      Most of the “poor” in the world don’t live in America – if you are truly concerned the poor, why not donate to them? Much of the money that goes to our government is wasted on bureaucracy and fraud – I’d rather donate it directly to charitable causes.


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