Oh, Paul. You should realize by now that the church has spent centuries claiming a corner on the market of morality, charity, compassion, and basic human decency – regardless of whether it’s ever been worthy of such a position. So when you vomit forth some new tax policy centered around screwing the poor and claim it’s still consistent with Catholic doctrine, don’t expect people to take it seriously.
Or silently, for that matter.
About 90 members of Georgetown’s faculty, including two dozen Jesuit priests, signed a letter telling Ryan that he is “profoundly misreading Church teaching” and that his budget would have “devastating consequences” for poor Americans:
However, we would be remiss in our duty to you and our students if we did not challenge your continuing misuse of Catholic teaching to defend a budget plan that decimates food programs for struggling families, radically weakens protections for the elderly and sick, and gives more tax breaks to the wealthiest few. As the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has wisely noted in several letters to Congress – “a just framework for future budgets cannot rely on disproportionate cuts in essential services to poor persons.” Catholic bishops recently wrote that “the House-passed budget resolution fails to meet these moral criteria.”
I’m happy to see that the Catholic Church is taking the right side on this, since it’s clear how their feelings for the welfare of others can sour when anything even remotely connected to the reproductive system is involved. Then, it seems, the beneficiaries of otherwise charitable work will often end up as collateral damage when the sending of a message takes precedence over struggling families or the honoring of the dead.
As with Pat Robertson speaking out against the bullying of gay students, I have to take what I can get. I’ll give the church some credit for doing a pretty decent job with charitable causes, even if it has to be on their terms and they’ll get a hair in their asses more often than I like. But, in the last few years, the GOP has developed this borderline obsession with the debt and deficit and tacked it on their already-over-the-borderline obsession with sex. It was pretty clear they had an ally in the church in the latter position, but now that the GOP has broadened their platform to more overtly screw the downtrodden, it looks like their worldviews may finally be starting to diverge in a measurable capacity. Time will tell.