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Catholic Bishops' Letter to Paul Ryan

Even the leaders of his own religion know he's a schmuck.



Dear Rep. Paul Ryan,

Welcome to Georgetown University. We appreciate your willingness to talk about how Catholic social teaching can help inform effective policy in dealing with the urgent challenges facing our country. As members of an academic community at a Catholic university, we see your visit on April
26 for the Whittington Lecture as an opportunity to discuss Catholic social teaching and its role in public policy.

However, we would be remiss in our duty to you and our students if we did not challenge your continuing misuse of Catholic teaching to defend a budget plan that decimates food programs for struggling families, radically weakens protections for the elderly and sick, and gives more tax breaks to the wealthiest few. As the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has wisely noted in several letters to Congress – “a just framework for future budgets cannot rely on disproportionate cuts in essential services to poor persons.” Catholic bishops recently wrote that “the House-passed budget resolution fails to meet these moral criteria.”

In short, your budget appears to reflect the values of your favorite philosopher, Ayn Rand, rather than the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Her call to selfishness and her antagonism toward religion are antithetical to the Gospel values of compassion and love.

Cuts to anti-hunger programs have devastating consequences. Last year, one in six Americans lived below the official poverty level and over 46 million Americans – almost half of them children – used food stamps for basic nutrition. We also know how cuts in Pell Grants will make it difficult for low-income students to pursue their educations at colleges across the nation, including Georgetown. At a time when charities are strained to the breaking point and local governments have a hard time paying for essential services, the federal government must not walk away from the most vulnerable.

While you often appeal to Catholic teaching on “subsidiarity” as a rationale for gutting government programs, you are profoundly misreading Church teaching. Subsidiarity is not a free pass to dismantle government programs and abandon the poor to their own devices. This often misused
Catholic principle cuts both ways. It calls for solutions to be enacted as close to the level of local communities as possible. But it also demands that higher levels of government provide help -- “subsidium”-- when communities and local governments face problems beyond their means
to address such as economic crises, high unemployment, endemic poverty and hunger. According to Pope Benedict XVI: "Subsidiarity must remain closely linked to the principle of solidarity and vice versa.”

Along with this letter, we have included a copy of the Vatican's Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, commissioned by John Paul II, to help deepen your understanding of Catholic social teaching.



http://ncronline.org/blogs/distinctly-catholic/usccb-tackles-paul-ryan


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  • Great picture! Ryan opposes invitro fertilization and Romney has had 2 kids by invitro fertilization! The two men on this ticket can't even vote for each other without looking like complete hypocrits!! Someone called it "the worst political bromance ever!" Hahahaha

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  • I hate it when they use our family pix without permission.

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  • So, do we want the Munsters, or Sanford and Son?

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    • @jgmurj Call him black and you get called a racist. Not only a racist but a cunt also. Wow does your mommie know you rim old men with that mouth??

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    • @jgmurj Weirdo?? getting mellow?

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  • these are the champions of the conservatives, pathetic

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  • lol he does look like eddie munster..lol

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  • Mitt Romney owned Damon Biomedical while that company cheated Medicare out of $40 million. Someone in the Bush administration tipped him off so he sold the company on the very same day the federal investigation started. Romney pocketed $11 million from the sale.

    Don't you think American taxpayers have paid him enough!

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  • Idiotic pictures to strengthen an already weak argument re: this opinion letter?

    It didn't work.

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  • Gee...this must be why the bishops failed to notice that their priests were abusing children--they were busy drafting political letters.

    The Catholic Church and a good many other churches have utterly lost their souls. Somewhere along the line, they started to think that a budget passed by a government substituted for following Christ's commands. If these people were really believing what Jesus said, they would not be trying to pass government programs to take care of the poor, but instead th More..

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    • @jgmurj

      I never said that the church ceased such activities, but many in the church now spend more time dealing in politics than in doing what the Bible actually commands, and they believe that a government program is a fair substitute for what they are supposed to be doing. I say this as someone in the church (not Catholic).

      So Ryan speaks at a university...so what? Politicians speak at universities all the time. This is a letter written, from the sound of it, before Ryan even appeared. More..

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  • The pictures are a great match, but they still scare the shit out of me.

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  • Bloody munsters.

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  • Schooled!

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  • So according to the writer of this letter, give some of your money to the Church and the government will give your other money to Monsanto and other mega food conglomerates via poor people who receive food stamps.

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  • White liberals...

    the most racist, most intolerant, most hypocritical of all.

    AND YOU KNOW IT!

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