By Stephen D. Foster Jr.
The Bible says we should care for the poor and the sick and share the wealth. It also says we should love our neighbor. Many Catholic bishops and priests don’t seem to get that these days. Conservatives in general especially don’t get that. But these Catholic nuns do.
During an appearance on CNN , Sister Simone Campbell criticized the Paul Ryan Budget as being un-Christian because it significantly rewards the wealthy, by severely punishing the poor.
“I think he was so direct in draping himself in the mantle of Catholic social teaching,” Campbell stated. “He took the words but he took none of the meaning in the forming of the budget. It is one thing to have political differences. But to try to hide a budget that will devastate people and claim that it is supported by your faith is unacceptable. He is wrong and he needs to be told so.”
Ryan tried to justify his budget by claiming that he created it based on Catholic teachings. But last time I checked, Jesus wasn’t a prick toward the weakest members of society, and the nuns agree and have gone on a bus tour to inform Americans of the un-Christian values being paraded by Ryan as real Christian values.
Not only that, the Catholic Bishops also have a problem with the Ryan Budget. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops fired off a letter to Congress asking that they protect the poor, the children, the elderly, and the sick instead of punishing them in favor of giving more to benefits to the wealthy.
Clearly, Republicans support a budget that Catholics with true Christian values reject as being antithetical to Catholic teachings and the teachings of Jesus. But I’m betting Republicans couldn’t care less about real Christian values.