Paul Ryan Continues to Distort Catholic Teaching to Defend his Un-Christian Budget
Another year, another House GOP budget that skewers programs for the poor and vulnerable while slashing taxes for the rich, another offensive Paul Ryan defense of said budget as consistent with Catholic Social Teaching:
To me the principle of subsidiarity, which is really federalism, meaning government closest to the people governs best. Having a civil society, the principle of solidarity, where we through our civic organizations, through our churches, through our charities, through all of our different groups where we interact with people as a community, that’s how we advance the common good. By not having big govt crowd out civil society but by having enough space in our communities so that we can interact with each other and take care of people who are down and out in our communities.
Those principles are very very important, and the preferential option for the poor, which is one of the primary tenants of Catholic social teaching, means don’t keep people poor, don’t make people dependent on government so that they stay stuck at their station in life, help people get out of poverty out onto life of independence.
Suffice to say, not much has changed since last year. Ryan is still wrong on all counts and particularly wrong about the idea that subsidiarity is a code word for “Republican vision of small government”.
The bishops too are still noticeably silent despite the fact that Ryan’s budget completely ignores their recent request that he not make harsh cuts to the safety net – a stark double standard from their quick reaction when Democratic politicians misrepresent Catholic teaching on culture war issues
Although, if the option is another weak-kneed response like the one Archbishop Dolan sent him last year that Ryan bandied around as a stamp of approval (and Beltway press bought hook, line and sinker), maybe it’s almost better that way.