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Ryan dismisses bishops’ criticism of House budget plan

April 20, 2012

Rep. Paul Ryan has dismissed the United State Conference of Catholic Bishops’ recent criticism of the House budget plan, of which he was the chief architect.

“These are not all the Catholic bishops, and we just respectfully disagree,” he said.

Don Clemmer, assistant director of media relations for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, responded that “bishops who chair USCCB committees are elected by their fellow bishops to represent all of the US bishops on key issues at the national level.”

“The letters on the budget were written by bishops serving in this capacity,” Clemmer added.


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  • Posted by: Barbnet - Apr. 27, 2012 8:03 PM ET USA

    I have an adult autistic son, and as long as we are alive he is welcome to live with us. BUT, after we are gone, I want SSI to keep him out of the homeless shelter. The USCCB must think money grows on trees. Sometimes people who haven't worked for a living for a very long time (or not at all), just think they can put their boot on the necks of working people and force them to pay more. Pathetic. The people who keep the entitlement engine going could be crushed, then what?

  • Posted by: impossible - Apr. 25, 2012 1:17 PM ET USA

    I thought Paul Ryan was elected by the voters of his state. So the old saw of "quality of life" in liberal minds still supersedes the right to live. It leads to legalized killing of those deemed inconvenient - the unborn, the elderly, the physically disabled, the mentally ill - for their own good of course.

  • Posted by: unum - Apr. 22, 2012 7:41 AM ET USA

    Speaker Boehner and Representative Ryan have correctly pointed out to the bishops that bankrupting the country, which would destroy the government's social safety net, is less moral than making prudent spending cuts to save the country. The bishops seem to be more interested in progressive politics than morality!

  • Posted by: impossible - Apr. 21, 2012 10:18 PM ET USA

    Everything published and done by the USCCB is the responsibility of the Bishops. That includes the work product of left-wing staff/bureaucrats. All Bishops of good will should openly and vociferously join with and praise Bishop Jenky. Of the Bishops, Jesus might well be saying, you are either with me or against me.

  • Posted by: hartwood01 - Apr. 21, 2012 7:33 PM ET USA

    I believe EWTN trotted out Paul Ryan as a golden boy. He is if you believe you can protect unborn life then kick them to the curb if they are born into poverty, through no fault of their own.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 21, 2012 11:43 AM ET USA

    As Mr. Ryan correctly noted, it is not "the bishops" who have criticises his position; it is the bureaucrats in the USCCB. The Church is not a democracy. Our bishops have allowed their voices to be drowned in memoranda from this bureaucracy. Why wonders why they are so fearful of speaking in their own voices. Timidity seems to have become a hallmark of the episcopacy, the kind of timidity which allowed the sex scandals to spread like weeds.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 21, 2012 9:22 AM ET USA

    Paul Ryan, you are correct; there are some marxist buffoons among those Bishops. Sorry, but true. Stick to your Conservative guns

  • Posted by: the.dymeks9646 - Apr. 20, 2012 9:26 PM ET USA

    This is outside the bishops areas of expertise and they contradict the latest opinions of our pope on this matter. I guess they just have a difference of opinion. If the bishops equate our federal programs with church approved charity, then we should consider our taxes as tithing. Just when they take some bold steps forward regarding defending religious liberty, they take a huge step backwards not respecting my conscience on how best to care of my family and those less fortunate.

  • Posted by: ColmCille - Apr. 20, 2012 7:42 PM ET USA

    That doesn't change the fact that not all bishops agree with rverthing the USCCB says, nor the fact that these are prudential judgements and Ryan is free to disagree with the USCCB, who are speaking outside their competency. As a Catholic who collects government disability payments, I know very well that taking care of the needy is much better done by church and private organization than by government entitlements. The bishops should study the Catholic principle of subsidiarity.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 20, 2012 3:26 PM ET USA

    Was this the same committee that engaged Acorn?