Paul Ryan's Claim That His Budget Reflects Catholic Teaching Is 'Nonsense' | The Nation

Roman Catholic bishops take US Representative and Libertarian, so-called Christian, Paul Ryan to task. More power to them on that! I've been hammering him about his Ayn Rand garbage since the first time I heard of him. What I just learned though from the article on The Nation is that he claims to be a Roman Catholic. The man's insane. His moral compass is utterly shattered.

Here's a snippet from The Nation article, which is an excellent piece written by John Nichols:

Catholic bishops recently wrote that 'the House-passed budget resolution fails to meet these moral criteria.' In short, your budget appears to reflect the values of your favorite philosopher, Ayn Rand, rather than the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Her call to selfishness and her antagonism toward religion are antithetical to the Gospel values of compassion and love."

"Our problem with Representative Ryan is that he claims his budget is based on Catholic social teaching," explained Jesuit Father Thomas J. Reese, a senior fellow at the Woodstock Theological Center at Georgetown. "This is nonsense."

via Paul Ryan's Claim That His Budget Reflects Catholic Teaching Is 'Nonsense' | The Nation.

I want to go on record again that I do not agree with Roman Catholic Distributism. I'm for the Christian Commons, which is not at all Distributism (capitalism light).

John Nichols further writes:

America is not a theocracy. Ryan certainly has a right to deviate from church doctrine as he chooses. But, hopefully, he will recognize that he is, like those members of Congress who support reproductive rights or same-sex marriage, distancing himself from the position of the church.

He is free to do so, of course. But those of us who understand that budgets are moral documents—which outline the values and priorities of a society—are equally free to wonder whether Paul Ryan, as chairman of the House Budget Committee, is perhaps engaging too ardently in the "idolatry of the market."

Now, I really don't agree with the subtle, perhaps not so subtle, direction of that statement. Here's what I mean. The Roman Catholic Church is an episcopal church, meaning that it is headed by bishops leading up to the Bishop of Rome who is the Pope. If you want to be a Roman Catholic, then adhere to what your Pope says. If you don't want to follow the Pope's teachings, then don't call yourself a Roman Catholic. Roman Catholicism is built upon Apostolic Succession. I don't believe they have it, but the Roman Catholic bishops should or get out of that church. Anything less is supremely dishonest.

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