..."Mr. Ryan has put forward no strategy for assisting the poor, protecting the vulnerable, guaranteeing health care to all. He simply wants to roll back the role of government to pre-FDR days. And, to be clear, to achieve his goal, he is willing to engage in explicit dissent from years and years of explicit magisterial teaching. Dissent may not bother non-Catholics. It may not, in this instance, bother some Catholics. But, I look at our socio-cultural landscape and think Catholic Social Teaching is the only thing that can save our ideologically confused, socially centrifugal culture from itself. Ryan’s willingness to dissent from it – and for what? for Rand? – is not only bothersome. It is dangerous. "
Bridget Mary's Reflection:
The major issue is Mr. Ryan's plan to roll back aid to the poor and elderly, and the most vulnerable among us with cuts in government programs such as Medicaid and Medicare. How does such a strategy reflect Catholic social teaching or even more basic Jesus' teaching in Matthew 25? Jesus said: "Whatsoever you do to the least of my brothers and sisters, that you do unto me."Mr. Ryan's policies doesn't reflect the core values of our Catholic faith no matter how devout he may be. Paul Ryan's budget plan hurts the poor by cutting Medicaid and helps the rich by giving huge tax cuts to the wealtiest Americans. No wonder the "nuns on the bus" took their fellow Catholic on!
Bridget Mary Meehan, arcwp