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Ryan says Catholic faith influenced budget plan

April 11, 2012

The Republican chairman of the House Budget Committee said in an interview that his Catholic faith, and particularly the principle of subsidiarity, influenced the development of his budget plan.

“A person’s faith is central to how they conduct themselves in public and in private,” said Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin. “So to me, using my Catholic faith, we call it the social Magisterium, which is how do you apply the doctrine of your teaching into your everyday life as a lay person?”

Ryan stated:

To me, the principle of subsidiarity, which is really federalism, meaning government closest to the people governs best, having a civil society of the principal of solidarity where we, through our civic organizations, through our churches, through our charities, through all of our different groups where we interact with people as a community, that’s how we advance the common good. By not having big government crowd out civic society, but by having enough space in our communities so that we can interact with each other, and take care of people who are down and out in our communities.

“Those principles are very, very important, 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,” he added. “Help people get out of poverty out onto life of independence,”


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  • Posted by: impossible - Apr. 30, 2012 11:47 PM ET USA

    In justice, the laity is entitled to a balanced presentation that provides the authentic mind of Holy Mother Church, but left-wing clerics and theologians who criticize Sen. Ryan choose to ignore these: 4, 5,15 and 17 of Rerum Novarum; 48 of Centesimus annus; #2431 of Catechism of the Catholic Church; 47 of Caritas in Veritate and 79 of Quadragesimo anno. Listen Bishops; “A person’s faith is central to how they conduct themselves in public and in private,” said Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.

  • Posted by: koinonia - Apr. 28, 2012 9:23 AM ET USA

    Well done. Policies consonant with fundamental principles related to the reality of the created order are possible when objective truth is properly understood in light of the traditional teachings of Holy Mother Church. Wills and intellects properly oriented and directed to the social teachings of Holy Mother Church can do much for the suffering. The principles of the Revolution in France still hold sway unfortunately. We must continue to pray for solid, principled political leaders.