Paul Ryan and John Boehner have something in common. They are both practicing Catholics and Republicans. While Cardinal Dolan may be leading the charge against a provision of the Affordable Care Act based on Catholic doctrine, 59 other Catholic theologians are condemning the most prominent “achievement”of the Republican Party in the House of Representatives – Paul Ryan’s infamous budget.
Ryan has claimed that the “social magisterium” of the church governed his ideas, insinuating that Catholic ideas on charity and social commitment were behind his budget, which kills social safety net programs and turns Medicare over to private health insurance companies. Ryan would also like to see Social Security handed over to Wall Street, but he muddies that one up in his budget proposals. Cut off social charity? Oh, where to begin? How about the Society of St. Vincent DePaul? The church has made it clear for decades that it cannot take over the role of caring for the poor in this country. It’s just too big a job even for the Catholic church.
The 59 members of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has sent a scathing letter to Congressman Ryan, letting him know exactly what kind of Catholic they think he is.
So far, Ryan has not publicly commented on his dressing down by the Bishops. Maybe it’s time to send in the nuns.