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Bishop Robert Morlino Affirms Paul Ryan's Effort to Apply Catholic Social Teaching Comments

"Vice Presidential Candidate Ryan is aware of Catholic Social Teaching and is very careful to fashion and form his conclusions in accord with the principles mentioned above. Of that I have no doubt.A Catholic conscience can never take exception to the prohibition of actions which are intrinsically evil. Nor may a conscience well-formed by reason or the Catholic faith ever choose to vote for someone who clearly, consistently, persistently ... Continue Reading

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  1. Dennis
    2 years ago

    Ryan is PRO-LIFE. That says volumes. Anyone who thinks PRO-LIFE is a single issue needs to tell me what those other issues are, that the dead are so concerned with.

    Ryan is PRO-Marriage. Marriage is a Sacrament. Sodomy is not.

    Ryan is fixing the broken Social net. Boo hoo, it doesn't expand goverment's power. The

    Ryan is a good Catholic. Biden is a fallen away Catholic. Obama is an anti-Catholic. What is the dilema?

  2. JoAnn
    2 years ago

    Rob: Come on, anyone in charge of any campaign has to choose their words carefully. I'm sure you heard the one where responding to Romney being responsible for that woman's cancer, she said "If she would have lived in Ma., she would have had healthcare." Come on, she needs to go. Most of the time these people are speaking for themselves instead of the candidate. Yes, that includes Obama too. All you have to do is listen to Obama about his policies and know that he is a Marxist. We don't have to listen to his campaign people to know that. God bless.

  3. Rob
    2 years ago

    JoAnn, that was no flub....just truth. As is always the case on these social issues at this time in the election cycle, the great compromise begins. Honestly, minus the Akin issue, this campaign wouldn't even be talking about these issues. So in some ways it at least let's us see where they stand.

    I wonder why voters are held to such a high standard when it comes to voting our faith but there seems to be little pressure applied to politicans to actually deliver on our votes? Until politicians put these social issues at the top of their platforms, I think you are going to continue to have a divided vote as many determine that social issues are non-starters for these politicians. Seems to me you are either voting for someone who supports evil or someone who is comfortable with the status quo. Our federal politicans are not as brave as our state legislators. They seem pretty comfortable with intrinsic evil.

  4. JoAnn
    2 years ago

    Henneberg has to GO! That's the second time that I know of that she flubbed up. R & R would be wise to keep as far away from the Akin fiasco that they can. To agree or not agree with Akin, either way will not fare well. They just need to impress upon the media and the voters that what Akin said was simply Akin's opinion, which he has a right to voice, and get back to the narrative on the economy. God bless.

  5. Bulbajer
    2 years ago

    The Romney-Ryan campaign was right to denounce Sen. Akin's words.
    ... In an August 19, 2012 interview aired on St. Louis television station KTVI-TV, Akin was asked his views on whether women who became pregnant due to sexual assault should have the option of abortion. He replied:
    "Well you know, people always want to try to make that as one of those things, well how do you, how do you slice this particularly tough sort of ethical question. First of all, from what I understand from doctors, that’s really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. But let’s assume that maybe that didn’t work or something. I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be on the rapist and not attacking the child."
    Honestly I can not see how someone can defend these words. A slip-up? Maybe. Defensible? No!

  6. Dan
    2 years ago

    Tom, you are free to disagree with Ryan's application of the Catholic social doctrine, but to vote for Obama in the name of Catholicism is insane. Economics requires applying Catholic principles to economic and political realities, which requires prudential judgment. Good people can disagree, within reasonable limits, on how best to do this. On the other side, the Obama administration aggressivly promotes, by force of law, grave intrinsic evils. There is no prudential judgement involved in abortion, contraception, or gay marriage. They are evil in every case. To deny this is heresy, plain and simple. Not only does the Obama administration support these things, it seeks to impose some of them on Holy Mother Church. His administration requires Catholic employers to participate in the mortal sins of their employees. Additionally, the Bishops have already spoken on the issue. A person sins in casting a vote for a politician who supports an intrinsic evil unless it is to prevent another politician from being elected who supports an equivelant intrinsic evil. Name one intrinsic evil that Ryan or Romney support. I've already named 3 that Obama supports. Unless Romney and Ryan have called for the murder of over a million babies a year, I think you'll find difficulty in identifying a morally equivelant intrinsic evil. A Catholic cannot vote for Obama without committing a grave sin, and neither can a non-Catholic for that matter.

  7. ccs
    2 years ago

    According to Romney campaign spokeswoman Amanda Henneberg: "Governor Romney and Congressman Ryan disagree with Mr. Akin's statement [concerning "legitimate rape"], and a Romney-Ryan administration would not oppose abortion in instances of rape." Obviously, this statement claims that Romney-Ryan would support an intrinsic evil in certain instances. One of two things needs to happen: Either Henneberg needs to be fired from the Romney campaign and Romney and Ryan both need to condemn her statement (the only way to salvage my vote) or if that does not happen, then Paul Ryan needs to leave the ticket in order to maintain his credibility as a Catholic. Claiming that Henneberg "misspoke" and allowing her to remain on the campaign is not an option.

  8. Eugene Patrick Devany
    2 years ago

    The tax code redistributes income and over time it also redistributes wealth. Few people are aware of how the wealth distribution has changed over the last 15 years and how it is related to Great Recession and high unemployment.

    According to a report from the Congressional Research Service, in 1995 the top 10% of the country had 67.8% of the country’s wealth while the bottom 50% shared only 3.6% ($1,912 billion [in 2010 dollars]). The bottom share eroded to 2.5% a couple of years before the Great Recession of 2007 and by 2010 it had tumbled to 1.1% ($584 billion). The loss of wealth to the bottom half the country was offset by a 6.7% gain ($3,558 billion) for the top 10%. The data makes it clear that there was prosperity but it not shared. Half of America lost $1,333 billion over 15 years and have only $3 for every $10 they had before.

    A wealth distribution of this extreme has not been seen in the U.S. since the Great Depression of 1929 (when unemployment was also as bad). Top income tax rates were increased from 24% to: 63%, 79%, 81%, 88% and finally to 94% in 1944 in order to correct the economic imbalance. Today job killing payroll taxes actually make conditions worse than in 1929 because they add 7 ½% to the cost of each job (business share) and further reduce consumer spending power by 7 ½% (employee share).

    I am quite sure that both Mr. Obama and Mr. Romney want “shared prosperity” but Mr. Obama has never understood the economy. Mr. Romney has all tax reform options are on the table. He has shown the vision and guts to radically innovate by joining divergent ideas and ideologies (see Bain Capital, Romney Care, Salt Lake City). Perhaps it is just a coincidence that his most important primary endorsement came from net wealth tax supporter, Donald Trump (“The America We Deserve”, 2000) and his most important decision to date has been the selection of VAT supporter, Paul Ryan (“Roadmap for America’s Future” 2010). Unlike Mr. Obama, Mr. Romney seems to be the kind of man that will treat job creation and our economy with the determination of the 1939 Manhattan Project (and likely with the same level of secrecy). He spent enough years in France to learn the shortcomings of how its tax blend has been implemented. France imposes a net wealth tax on top of a progressive income tax (“soak the reach” method) rather than using the wealth tax to reduce the income tax rates (“coerce productive investment” method).

    We can “Create New Wealth by Taxing Net Wealth” and that is the name of my new article now appearing in

  9. Bill Sr.
    2 years ago

    Obviously the real problem the Church has today is not its teaching or the relevancy of its values. It is more in the ability of its members to distinguish those teachings and relate or apply them to the twisted values the Deceiver has so easily devised in our world today where he has found a home for himself in the hearts of people.
    People like Nancy Pelosi, Kathleen Sebelius and the numerous Catholic politicians who have devoted their unconditional support to abortion on demand, free contraception for all women and girls as young as twelve¸ the teaching of homosexuality in our schools and denial of vouchers for the poor black school children in D. C.. These same people cooperated in a shameful display of bribery and collusion to parlay just enough votes to rush through and pass the misnamed Affordable Health Care Act without reading it for a president who promised to have a totally transparent administration. Transparent was their desire to impose their will upon all the people rich and poor young and old regardless of race, creed or religion at all cost.
    These properly described Bleeding Heart Liberals with the help of a national media willing to serve their every cause have over the years built a modern welfare state portrayed as social justice with overlapping agencies and tens of thousand of bureaucrats supposedly to help relieve poverty but in reality has actually afforded this huge bureaucracy billions of dollars for lifetime jobs and posh retirements at taxpayer expense only to realize their war on poverty has done little to change conditions for those relying on them for help. Now as always, any attempt by opposition to try to seriously approach fat and failed policies of the past fifty or sixty years and find ways to see the money is spent in the community on the people in stead of in Washington is met with hate heated by those same bleeding hearts who are more interested in deceitfully holding on to their jobs and homes than establishing them for those across the nation who truly need them. But these are only facts and today they mean nothing to those who chose to follow the yellow brick road to utopian bliss espoused by the likes of Pelosi, Sebelius, and of course the Obama administration who have now begun a war on religious freedom.
    Our hope is that it too will fail.

  10. JoAnn
    2 years ago

    Rob: For starters, Tax reform, government dependency, wasteful spending, i.e. $600,000 of taxpayers money to study why chimpanzees throw poop, $50,000 toward Cowboy Poetry, $600,000 for the study of online dating. $200,000 to study if tweeting and friending make you happy, $12 million was spent in 2011 on an energy assistance program that both the current and former administrations agree should not even exist. Just a few examples. Just imagine if all the waste and fraud was curtailed. Medicare, etc probably wouldn't even have any problems. God bless.

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