Catholic Bishops: Republican Budget Is Immoral
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has condemned the GOP in a series of letters to its congressional leadership.
…for slashing anti-hunger programs and asking the most vulnerable to bear a disproportionate burden while the richest Americans are given more tax breaks. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), a conservative wunderkind and architect of the budget, has claimed these proposals are inspired by the values of his Catholic faith. Bishops and other Catholic leaders are not letting him get away with that fiction.
Prominent Catholic theologians across the country recently took Ryan to Sunday school by explaining how his budget is “morally indefensible and betrays Catholic principles of solidarity, just taxation and a commitment to the common good.”
While the media focuses on differences between the the Church and Democrats on birth control and reproductive rights, little is said about the divide with the right on help for the poor.
As John Gehring, Catholic program director at Faith in Public Life writes:
Conservatives who talk a big game about family values should be held accountable when their economic policies undermine human dignity. They should be forced to explain how gutting programs that protect vulnerable families, demonizing immigrants and putting corporate profits and tax breaks for millionaires before workers’ rights reflect Christian values. If they can’t explain those glaring inconsistencies, they should drop the religious rhetoric.