Skip to comments.Bishop criticizes USCCB committee’s reaction to Ryan budget
Posted on 06/14/2012 4:10:48 PM PDT by markomalley
By a 171-26 vote at their meeting on June 13, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) approved a proposal by Bishop Stephen Blaire, chairman of the bishops Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, to begin drafting a message on the US economy.
The draft of Catholic Reflections on Work, Poverty and a Broken Economy will be brought to the body of bishops at the conferences November meeting, after this years US presidential elections.
During the discussion leading up to the vote, Bishop Earl Boyea of Lansing criticized the committee's opposition to the budget plan put forward by Congressman Paul Ryan.
There have been some concerns raised by lay Catholics, especially some Catholic economists, about what was perceived as a partisan action against Congressman Ryan and the budget he had proposed, Bishop Boyea said in reference to the USCCB committees opposition to the House budget plan. We need to be articulate only in principles, and let the laity make these applications It was perceived as partisan, and thus didnt really further dialogue in our deeply divided country.
Im not sure that we have the humility yet not to stray into areas where we lack competence, and where we need to let the laity take the lead, he added. We need to learn far more than we need to teach in this area. We need to listen more than we need to speak. We already have an excellent, fine Compendium [on the Social Doctrine of the Church].
Following his remarks, Archbishop Allen Vigneron of Detroit called upon the committee to place greater emphasis on the disintegration of the family as a factor in the breakdown of the economy.
Echoing Bishop Boyeas comments, Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City said that the committee is at times perceived as partisan and needs to consider the principle of subsidiarity, which has been neglected in past documents. Archbishop Naumann added that solutions that place emphasis in enrolling people in government programs have been tried for decades and failed.
We need to talk about the debt and the real seriousness of that debt, he continued. Sometimes were perceived as just encouraging the government to spend more money with no realistic way of how were going to afford to do this.
There is nothing Christian or compassionate about government debt.
It is the welfare programs that had a large hand in the disintegration of the family. Continuing those programs violates EVERY part of EVERY major social encyclical published by numerous Popes.
Thanks be to God for Naumann and Boyea! And thanks to you for posting the first EVER vocal push back to the liberal USCCB that made news!
As an “01 convert, I have grown to accept that there is Marxism in the Church here in the USA. I ignore those of that persuasion, who seem to have no awareness of, or perhaps they don’t care, that the Left in America has co-opted the language and terms of the Church.
The term, “Social Justice”, has become a banner for Marxists to redistribute wealth, fically break our country by assaulting the private business sector burying it in regulation and taxes, giving waivers for foreign business to take over here, and calling these privately owned businesses “vultures” and “millionaires”!
Not a word of defense from the USCCB supporting hard working businesses who have been able to expand and employ by virture of supply and demand.
I am very sick of it. The Conference has played footsie with the left side for decades and it has proven to a very expensive conversation for those of us who work, own and pay the taxes. It is socialism and the Church has always deplored it, knowing the doors it opens to advance communism.
Very upsetting. If the HHS mandate goes down, the Conference will be right back at the knee of these Marxists as before, and sending the bill to American workers.