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Paul Ryan Continues to Distort Catholic Teaching to Defend his Un-Christian Budget

April 10, 2012, 4:32 pm | Posted by Nick Sementelli

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.

2 Responses to “Paul Ryan Continues to Distort Catholic Teaching to Defend his Un-Christian Budget”

  1. Reverend Barbara J Silk says:

    It is foolish of Ryan to believe that people will automatically redirect funds not collected by the federal government in taxes that assist people in various ways to local churches and charities. Just look at how little Rick Santorum reportedly gave and he fancies himself a true Catholic. I don’t believe that these monies will be funneled to non-governmental agencies instead of to the feds, who provide direct support or fund other entities working at the grassroots level. I have seen altogether too many people with 2 homes and a boat (or some other “toy”) who think their churches should be happy with $5/week that they give when and if they attend.

  2. Elizabeth Sholes says:

    Charity is always based on either the ability of people to help or whim. It guarantees rights of survival not at all. Faith teachings mandate help, but contemporary society makes it utterly optional based on one’s own “feelings” about the recipient, one’s desire to have discretionary spending for personal wants – not the Biblical injunctions to help those whom private society has abandoned or cannot aid.

    Churches do what they can if they accept the mandate, but issues of health care, mental health, etc. are beyond the scope of their care. Justice – the higher mandate – must come through the law which in a democracy is from all of us via our governments, local and federal.

    Ryan is justifying selfish interest, not Biblical requirements of either old or new testaments. He has found a way for St. Ayn to be our highest word, and that’s not remotely faith grounded.