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Catholic Charities president criticizes proposed budget cuts

Catholic World News - April 22, 2011

In an interview with Vatican Radio, the president of Catholic Charities USA criticized budget cuts proposed by “the newly-elected Tea Party folks.”

“We have to balance fiscal responsibility with our moral responsibility,” said Father Larry Snyder. Budget cuts should “not start with the poor,” he said, and proposed reductions in nutrition and housing programs will have a “tremendously negative impact on people’s lives.”

“We agree that all of us--government and individuals--need to live within our means,” he added in an April 21 blog posting. “But there are more than 40 million Americans for whom their meager earnings do not provide enough to survive … Like Jesus in Bethany, we are called to stand before what appears to be an impossible task and find solutions that are rooted in his love for all of us.”

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  • Posted by: Howard6284 - Apr. 23, 2011 7:30 AM ET USA

    I have never been a supporter of Catholic Charities. This reinforces my resistance to them and I will continue to avoid them. He is way off in his thinking of Government's role in charity. Is it charity the rich are taxed to give to the poor? Who benefits from this? No, charity is from the heart where God put it and it is a work of God not Government.

  • Posted by: edwillneff3195 - Apr. 22, 2011 11:16 PM ET USA

    The Catholic Charities quote above shows their leftwing bias, although they tried to hide it. It's like Cardinal George talking about "the root causes of poverty." Right. English translation: "People are not responsible for the consequences of their own behavior. You are. So pay up." Why is the left so free with other people's money but never their own? Please pray for Cardinal George and all of the American bishops (and Catholic Charities bureaucrats) because they need all the help they can get

  • Posted by: AgnesDay - Apr. 22, 2011 4:06 PM ET USA

    Catholic Charities has been sucking up Federal funding for years for questionable causes, and I have nothing whatever to do with them. I figure they have all of my money they are going to get.

  • Posted by: lauriem5377 - Apr. 22, 2011 12:25 PM ET USA

    We are spending money we don't have. it would be better to first de-fund all the unnecessary programs and then re-allocate wasted dollars to aid the poor. For example, instead of the billions we gave to Planned Parenthood over the years, defund them and re-allocate those dollars to the hundreds of good women's health programs that provide care for women and children - but do not do abortions. PP ended up funded by Catholic senator votes (so don't blame the Tea Party).

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