Catholic Leaders Rebuke Paul Ryan’s Faith Justification of His Budget
Paul Ryan’s distortion of Catholic teaching in defense of his un-Christian budget this week didn’t just make waves in the media, it touched a nerve in prominent Catholics whose faith leads them to a much different conclusion about his policies.
In response, nearly 60 prominent theologians, priests, nuns and national Catholic social justice leaders released a statement today calling on Ryan to “reconsider his radical budget proposal and refrain from distorting Church teaching.”
The letter specifically references the ways Ryan’s budget clearly breaks with the principles and tests outlined by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops themselves:
In a letter to the House of Representatives last month, Catholic bishops wrote that “a just framework for future budgets cannot rely on disproportionate cuts in essential services to poor persons; it requires shared sacrifice by all, including raising adequate revenues, eliminating unnecessary military and other spending, and addressing the long-term costs of health insurance and retirement programs fairly.” Bishops also called for repealing “cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program” and asked Congress to consider the “human and moral dimensions” of budget choices. Rep. Ryan has ignored this vision. Instead, he proposes to dismantle Medicare as we know it, slash food assistance for struggling families and turn Medicaid into inadequate state block grants at a time when most states are struggling to pay their bills. The dramatic growth in military spending is untouched. Addressing our national debt is essential, but balancing budgets on the backs of the poor and working families is flawed public policy and morally bankrupt.
Read the whole thing here.