The Daily Beast sees fit to call Ryan’s budget a “problem” for those pesky Catholics. Bring it on:
Indeed, the choice between these two types of Catholic politicians could not be any more plain.
Biden is a “social justice” Catholic who claims to know how to connect with blue-collar Democratic Catholics, like those in his hometown of Scranton, Pa. During four of his last five years in the Senate, he received a 100 percent rating from NARAL. As vice president he supported federal funding for abortion, despite voicing opposition to it in 2008, and the Health and Human Services mandate requiring Catholic institutions serving the public to provide insurance coverage for contraception, including abortifacients and sterilization.
Oh, that. Let’s rephrase the headline: Paul Ryan exposes the hypocritical liberal Catholics who cling to their social justice bona fides while ignoring church teaching on life. You know, that it begins at conception. That abortion is not only murder, but a great moral evil. And now Catholics are forced to pay for that evil via Obama’s HHS mandate regardless of whether they disagree or not.
Yeah, that. Religious liberty and abortion. That’s a “Catholic problem, too.”
While the choice of Ryan will please the Tea Party as well as fiscal and social conservatives, it creates an opening for the Catholic supporters of Obama: Paul Ryan’s 2012 GOP budget has already been the subject of official criticism by some Catholic bishops for failing to meet certain “moral criteria” and cutting programs that “serve poor and vulnerable people.” The media coverage failed to note that the four letters to Congress in April came from two bishops: Bishop Stephen E. Blaire of Stockton, Calif., chairman of the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, and Bishop Richard E. Pates of Des Moines, Iowa, chairman of the Committee on International Justice and Peace, each speaking on behalf of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in their respective roles.
“Those [Catholic] principles are very, very important,” Ryan said. “And the preferential option for the poor, which is one of the primary tenets of Catholic social teaching, means don’t keep people poor, don’t make people dependent on government so that they stay stuck at their station in life; help people get out of poverty, out into a life of independence.”
Emphasis my own. We are the party of lifting folks out of poverty, not keeping them tethered to it for votes. What an inconvenient truth in the age of Obama, where millions more find themselves on food stamps.
Some point to Ryan’s flirtation with Ayn Rand, but neglect his ultimate rejection of her philosophy in favor of real Catholic teaching:
“I reject her philosophy,” Ryan told the National Review in April. “It’s an atheist philosophy. It reduces human interactions down to mere contracts and it is antithetical to my worldview. If somebody is going to try to paste a person’s view on epistemology to me, then give me Thomas Aquinas. …Don’t give me Ayn Rand.”
Read also Pundette, GOP: the Party of Math?
UPDATE: Many thanks to Pundette for the link!