Will Paul Ryan Just Admit He Disagrees with the Catholic Church?
In his speech at Georgetown University today, Paul Ryan opened by addressing a letter sent to him from nearly 90 faculty members critiquing his use of Catholic teaching to justify the GOP budget. Ryan’s response? “We just have to agree to disagree:”
I suppose there are some Catholics who for a long time have thought they had a monopoly of sorts… not exactly on heaven, but on the social teaching of our Church. Of course there can be differences among faithful Catholics on this.
The work I do as a Catholic holding office conforms to the social doctrine as best I can make of it. What I have to say about the social doctrine of the Church is from the viewpoint of a Catholic in politics applying my understanding to the problems of the day.
The thing to remember here is that Ryan isn’t just disagreeing with Catholic academics or other Catholic lawmakers, he’s publically challenging the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops – the official leadership structure of the Church.
It’s certainly well within his right both as a legislator and an individual Catholic to do so, but he should really stop expressing surprise or outrage that his views are far outside the mainstream of Catholic teaching on economic justice.