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Bishops call for bipartisan budget deal

Catholic World News - October 02, 2013

Amid a federal budget debate that has led to a government shutdown, three bishops who chair committees of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops called for “wise bipartisan leadership and moral clarity in crafting a plan to ensure the government continues to operate and meet its responsibility to protect human life and dignity, care for poor and vulnerable people at home and abroad, and advance the universal common good.”

“Additionally, responsibly completing a budget deal according to our principles allows Congress to continue the essential task of immigration reform,” said Bishop Stephen Blaire of Stockton, Bishop Richard Pates of Des Moines, and Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles in their September 30 letter, which was released the following day.

“In 2011, we welcomed bipartisan action which averted a federal government shutdown and the hardship that would have come with failure to reach agreement,” the prelates added. “The Catholic bishops of the United States stand ready to work with leaders of both parties for a budget that reduces future unsustainable deficits, protects poor and vulnerable people, advances the common good, and promotes human life and dignity.”

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  • Posted by: unum - Oct. 03, 2013 8:50 AM ET USA

    LOL! The bishops can join the long line of folks who would like to see a bipartisan budget deal. The ridiculous statement clearly demonstrates why our bishops are not qualified to dabble in national politics. Perhaps they could use their time during the shutdown to listen to the Holy Father and to become shepherds of their flocks instead of politicians.

  • Posted by: impossible - Oct. 02, 2013 11:02 PM ET USA

    Exhibit A in the case of overreaching by the USCCB on political matters about which reasonable Catholics may properly disagree. Space here precludes defining the terms used, a prime example being "common good."

  • Posted by: ZIP5DO@aol.com - Oct. 02, 2013 8:18 PM ET USA

    The bishops need some lessons in Econ 101 as well as the real Constitutional duty to fund separate appropriations for each department and agency and not the monstrosity called a CR. Obama is not king nor is Reid. It is time government performed it duties as spelled out in the Constitution. If the bishops supported this we would have a more orderly government.

  • Posted by: Savonarola - Oct. 02, 2013 6:21 PM ET USA

    Big government is good for you!!

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