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Catholic Bishops Stand up to Immoral Budget Cuts

May 4, 2011, 8:20 am | Posted by Nick Sementelli

circleofprotection.jpgLast week John highlighted an America magazine editorial imploring the Catholic bishops to speak out more publicly against the draconian cuts in the Ryan budget plan adopted by House Republicans.

As Catholic News Service reports, two bishops are doing just that, joining other religious leaders in the Circle of Protection campaign to highlight the moral danger of cutting programs that support the most vulnerable at home and abroad.

“The poor don’t have powerful political voices speaking on their behalf so we are speaking on their behalf. We want to be a strong moral voice that speaks for the common good and those who are most poor,” said Bishop Stephen E. Blaire of Stockton, Calif., chairman of the bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development.

“A just (budget) framework cannot rely on disproportionate cuts in service. They require shared sacrifices by everyone,” he said during one of three nationwide media teleconferences introducing the campaign.

Bishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento, Calif., echoed his California colleague in a separate teleconference for Spanish-language media.

It’s great to see Bishops Blaire and Soto joining such an important, public campaign. I hope more of their colleagues will follow their lead.

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