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Is the Catholic hierarchy moving toward the GOP? {Ecumenical}
Washington Post ^ | 18 Sep 2012 | David Gibson

Posted on 09/19/2012 12:38:56 AM PDT by Cronos

A series of recent developments are renewing questions about the Catholic bishops’ alignment with the Republican Party, with much of the attention focusing on comments by Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput, who said he “certainly can’t vote for somebody who’s either pro-choice or pro-abortion.”

In a wide-ranging interview published last week (Sept. 14), Chaput also echoed the views of a number of prominent bishops when he praised Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan for trying to address the “immoral” practice of deficit spending through his libertarian-inflected budget proposals.

Jesus didn’t say the government has to take care of them, or that we have to pay taxes to take care of them. Those are prudential judgments. Anybody who would condemn someone because of their position on taxes is making a leap that I can’t make as a Catholic.”

...he said that the Democratic Party’s positions on abortion rights, gay rights, and religious freedom “cause me a great deal of uneasiness.”

He added that economic issues are “prudential judgments” open to a variety of legitimate approaches. Abortion, on the other hand, is “intrinsically evil” and must always be opposed.

...Bishops like New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, have voiced support and sympathy for Ryan — a disciple of the late philosopher and atheist Ayn Rand, the patron saint of modern libertarianism.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


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Well said Cardinal he praised Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan for trying to address the “immoral” practice of deficit spending through his libertarian-inflected budget proposals.
1 posted on 09/19/2012 12:39:04 AM PDT by Cronos
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To: Cronos

Actually, the ComPost should have said that the Democrat Party has left Catholics (actually, all christians) and Jews. It’s just a question about how fast those groups realize it.


2 posted on 09/19/2012 12:46:02 AM PDT by winner3000
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To: Cronos

Actually, the ComPost should have said that the Democrat Party has left Catholics (actually, all christians) and Jews. It’s just a question about how fast those groups realize it.


3 posted on 09/19/2012 12:46:13 AM PDT by winner3000
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To: winner3000
The key take-away I see here is that this will jolt the cafetaria Catholics and the ones who blindly voted D to change their minds.

NObama...

4 posted on 09/19/2012 1:34:08 AM PDT by Cronos (**Marriage is about commitment, cohabitation is about convenience.**)
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To: Cronos

Has Ryan ever addressed it? It seems like his plans always put spending reductions 5 to 10 years out. And they never get any closer.


5 posted on 09/19/2012 3:29:58 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Given how close elections are, do you really think he could come out and say we want to eliminate the deficit in a year? Is that economically or politically feasible?


6 posted on 09/19/2012 5:17:16 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: 1010RD

When is it going to be easier?


7 posted on 09/19/2012 11:55:53 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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