Skip to comments.A bishop’s unjust attack on Paul Ryan
Posted on 04/24/2012 4:15:56 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
President Obama attacked Rep. Paul Ryans budget as nothing but thinly veiled Social Darwinism. That is not surprising. What is surprising is that the chairman of a major committee of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops launched a similar scathing attack against Ryan, a faithful Catholic who says his budget work is informed and guided by the social teaching of the Church.
Using Obamas campaign rhetoric, Bishop Stephen Blaire, chairman of the bishops Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, recently wrote to Congress declaring that Ryans budget fails to meet [the Churchs] moral criteria because it does not require shared sacrifice, which Blaire [like Obama] defines as tax increases and cuts to unnecessary defense spending. Some of the proposed spending cuts in Ryans budget, Blaire said, are unjust and wrong.
Blaire has it backward. What is unjust and wrong is this bishops attack on a good Catholic layman.
Put aside for a moment the fact that shared sacrifice appears nowhere in the catechism of the Catholic Church. It is a reelection slogan for the Democratic Party. Put aside, as well, the fact that the bishop of Stockton, Calif., has near-zero competence to judge what military spending is necessary or unnecessary. The fact is Ryans budget does not cut spending at all it simply slows the growth of spending. As Ryan explained in an interview on the Catholic Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN), our budget increases annual spending by 3 percent a year instead of the presidents proposal to go to 4 ½ percent a year.
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IMO, the tacit ceding of welfare programs to gov’t by Religion, especially Christians, has seen a loss of religious influence in society, to our detriment.
Government is incapable of “fairness”, as it is amoral, at best. It blindly supports evil as well as good. Only the “church” has (had?) the tools & incentive to affect the poor in a positive, lasting way.
How embarrassing for a committee chair to be covered as though he were a spokesman for the greater Church, when he is but another Catholic socialist picked to facilitate a committee, but with a microphone. Such a bias for socialism would never be approved by the USCCB as a signature statement.
I would expect fall out coming in time even though he made press time. Demoralizing for rank and file Catholics, but not entirely unexpected given the powers and principalities always at work in the Church.
Why do bishops rail against men like Paul Ryan, but say nothing about the "failure of moral criteria" by others like Pelosi, the Kennedys, Sebelius, etc., etc. who are clearly pro-abortion?
There are things about the Catholic Church that just grind my gears!
“Shared Sacrifice” is simply lipstick for the pig, that is Marxism.
Obama’s policies prove this, by the fact that they have only resulted in more poor people.
Stealing more from the job creators will only increase the rate of growth among the poor, as fewer jobs and opportunities will be available, and the governments ability to “help” the poor is abysmal!
Paul Ryan's plan SHARES the growth and prosperity, by motivating job creation and providing the poor and underemployed with a path to self sufficiency.
The world needs more “Shared Opportunity”, NOT more government handouts, aimed at maintaining a dependent class!