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Romney Goes Bold: Pro-Life Catholic Paul Ryan Chosen as Republican Vice Presidential Candidate Comments

I just returned from the Romney/Ryan campaign event in Norfolk, Virginia. The crowd was massive, enthusiastic and hopeful. I don't know what I expected - but what I experienced far exceeded those expectations. Mitt Romney's bold choice of Paul Ryan as his running mate ensures that an exchange of correspondence between the Cardinal of New York and the Republican Vice Presidential nominee will now become a part of framing the issues in ... Continue Reading

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  1. Tom:
    2 years ago

    Phil:

    You make me proud!

  2. Vance
    2 years ago

    Rob, yes absolutely. If a person was making $25 per hour during the Bush years but now making $10 per hour, I'd think that person would want to go back. Wouldn't you?

  3. Phil
    2 years ago

    Paul Ryan is no more defined by his Catholicism than Newt Gingrich, and I reject him utterly. What the Tea Party calls "Socialism" I call Christian charity, and it doesn't end at birth. US Catholics would do well to remember that we were the marginalized immigrants not too long ago, and our Hispanic brethren are bearing the brunt of scapegoating isolationism now. In short, Obama 2012, and proud of it.

  4. JoAnn
    2 years ago

    Ed Nester: Have you forgotten? The least of these are the unborn children that are murdered everyday. God bless.

  5. JoAnn
    2 years ago

    johnny: The idea is to get people back to work and off the government payroll. Wouldn't that be better? God bless.

  6. Judy Claar
    2 years ago

    Jo Ann and Vance: I would enjoy your opinion of Ed Nestor's post. Thank you. Of course, anyone else as well. Evening Blessings...

  7. Kasoy
    2 years ago

    Feeding the poor is a virtuous act. But we can overdo this and make people permanent dependents. Even Jesus, after feeding the 5,ooo using 5 loaves and 2 fish, admonished the people who kept coming back to him for more. Jesus ran away lest the people made him a king so they could get free bread and fish for the rest of their lives. In the same way, many Americans want to vote into office socialists like Obama so they can meet their needs for free. St. Paul said, those who refuse to work (but are capable to work) should not eat. The Catholic Church (including us its members) has the prime role of helping the poor. It is not government job to enforce charity through taxation. It is our duty as family members to support our elderly and not relinquish that sacred duty to government. (Honor thy father and thy mother.) Remember, God loves a cheerful giver. Voluntary charity is a cheerful act. Tax-paying is often not.

  8. debbie
    2 years ago

    Not everyone agrees with your view on Ryan:

    Washington DC: NETWORK, a National Catholic Social Justice Lobby, believes that the newly announced Romney-Ryan Republican presidential ticket presents U.S. voters with the starkest election decision in years about the moral vision and future of our nation.

    Our recent “Nuns on the Bus” tour was created to point out immoral budget priorities present in Representative Ryan’s proposed federal budget. Tragically, his budget passed the House of Representatives and has now been formally endorsed by Gov. Mitt Romney.

    Sister Simone Campbell, NETWORK’s Executive Director, stated, “We agree with Catholic Bishops that Paul Ryan’s budget fails the test of Catholic Social Teaching since it deliberately harms people at the economic margins. It is also unpatriotic because it says that we are an individualistic, selfish nation. This is emphatically not who we are. Both our Constitution and our faith teach us that “We the People” are called to care for one another, to have responsibility for each other. This year’s election will present us with a critical choice. Do we want to favor the rich on the backs of people in need? Is that who we want to be?”

    NETWORK strongly opposes the Ryan Budget because it will eliminate critical food assistance for many hungry families, decimate safety-net protections that keep people from falling further into poverty, and enrich the ultra-wealthy at the expense of low-income families.

  9. Ed Nestor
    2 years ago

    Last April, the US Catholic Bishops sent a blistering message to the House Ways and Means Committee saying that any federal budget must be judged by the way it protects the 'least of these.' In Bishop Blaire's words: "The House-passed budget resolution fails to meet these moral criteria."

    The architect of the budget the Bishops deemed immoral was Rep. Paul Ryan, a Catholic, who has now joined Mitt Romney as his running mate on the GOP ticket.

    Much has already been said about how Gov. Romney's choice of Rep. Ryan will turn the presidential election into a substantive debate on policy. But the choice will also provide Catholic voters with a choice in the November election that will serve to highlight internal tensions and conflicting priorities.

    The Catholic Church is already under immense stress. Just Friday (August 11), the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), which represents most Catholic nuns in America, formally rejected the Vatican takeover of their organization and its accompanying Bishop overseers.

    These nuns have been accused of emphasizing work with the poor and not focusing enough on issues such as abortion and gay marriage. Some of them participated in the media-friendly Nuns On A Bus tour, during which they traveled to nine states protesting the budget proposal of Rep. Paul Ryan. Sister Simone Campbell was quoted as saying that Ryan's budget "rejects church teaching about solidarity, inequality, the choice for the poor, and the common good. That's wrong."

    Their months-long critique of Rep. Ryan's budget is unlikely to lessen in the coming months.

    Another show of Catholic concern with Rep. Ryan came when he was invited to speak at the Jesuit affiliated Georgetown University. Before he arrived, Ryan was sent a letter signed by more than 90 faculty, including over a dozen Jesuit priests. In the letter, the vice presidential candidate was again taken to task by Catholics: "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."

    So, on the one hand you have a rare show of Catholic unity in condemning what is considered Paul Ryan's major asset to the Romney campaign -- namely his radical fiscal conservatism.

    However, Rep. Ryan is certainly in line with the Catholic Bishops on questions of religious freedom (as understood as exemption from the contraception mandate), gay marriage and abortion. And these three, especially abortion, will rally many 'pro-life' Catholics to the Romney/Ryan ticket.

    Interestingly, the match-up between Obama/Biden vs. Romney/Ryan offers a good illustration of the tension within the church. Both the current vice president and the recent addition to the Republican ticket are Catholics from heavily Catholic states.

    Yet they represent opposing views on virtually every issue.

    Much is made about the Catholic vote. According to the Pew Study, in the 2000 election, Catholics preferred Gore to Bush; in 2004 they preferred Bush to Catholic candidate John Kerry; and in 2008 Catholics preferred Obama to McCain 54 percent to 45 percent.

    This year, Catholics will have a clear choice, as will all Americans, but how this disperate group will vote is unclear.

    Nine Sayings By Jesus About The Poor

  10. johnny
    2 years ago

    Isn't it interesting that on this very web page there is a plea for money to help feed the poor, while many are praising Paul Ryan's budget that takes money from food stamps (the very same thing as the advertisement...).


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