USCCB official part of ‘faithful filibuster’
October 15, 2013
Kathy Saile, director of domestic social development at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, joined officials of Bread for the World, Sojourners, and the National Association of Evangelicals in launching a “faithful filibuster.”
The filibuster, which includes the reading of biblical passages, seeks “to remind congressional leaders of the biblical mandate to protect the most vulnerable people” in budget deliberations, according to a press release from Circle of Protection, the sponsoring organization.
“The reading of Scripture will continue at the beginning of each day’s session of Congress, as long as Congress is in session,” Religion News Service reported.
- Faithful Filibuster: Christian leaders read Scripture, exhort Congress to care (RNS)
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Posted by: dover beachcomber -
Oct. 16, 2013 7:19 PM ET USA
Instead of this cheerleading for statism and government programs, the USCCB should be telling the laity this: "Give more to the poor, give effectively, and give out of love for God. If you don't, government will fill the gap -- not out of love, but for political gain -- and grow large enough to relieve you of your freedom." Come to think of it, it's probably already too late, but it would be nice to hear it, once, from our spiritual leaders.
Posted by: unum -
Oct. 16, 2013 8:50 AM ET USA
The USCCB is part of the problem causing the political problem in Washington as they blindly lobby to continue funding social programs without regard to the fraud and abuse present in them. The USCCB is also blind to the ability of the middle class to support such programs, due to the problems with the economy since 2008. Finally, the USCCB shows an amazing lack of knowledge about economics and the eventual impact of unchecked social program spending on the people of God.