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6 prelates weigh in on Trump budget, find defense spending increase ‘profoundly troubling’

May 23, 2017

Six bishops who chair committees of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops have issued a joint letter on President Donald Trump’s budget proposal.

“Our Conference has long supported the goal of reducing future unsustainable deficits that would harm all citizens, especially those who are poor,” the prelates said.

At the same time, “sharp increases in defense and immigration enforcement spending, coupled with simultaneous and severe reductions to non-defense discretionary spending, particularly to many domestic and international programs that assist the most vulnerable, would be profoundly troubling,” they added.

The six bishops who signed the letter are Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, Bishop Frank Dewane of Venice (Fl.), Bishop Oscar Cantú of Las Cruces, Bishop George Murry, SJ, of Youngstown, Bishop Christopher Coyne of Burlington, and Bishop Joe Vásquez of Austin.


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  • Posted by: unum - May. 24, 2017 9:00 AM ET USA

    Politician wannabees! Nothing to see here. Move along!

  • Posted by: brenda22890 - May. 24, 2017 6:02 AM ET USA

    Again! If the bishops would keep to their own competency, and stay out of politics, the Church and the world would actually reap some benefit. They, like me, are entitled to their personal opinion, but have no call to transmit it to the world as though it were gospel...

  • Posted by: LCRich - May. 23, 2017 8:24 PM ET USA

    Sad & frustrating to me. These Bishops take public positions and actions which are political rather than the Word and Church Teachings. Oh well, Pope Francis is focused on political views as well. On the other hand Jesus said, 'Then give to the emperor the things that are the emperor's, and to God the things that are God's.' Luke 20:25

  • Posted by: Lucius49 - May. 23, 2017 12:56 PM ET USA

    Defense spending profoundly troubling? Bishops, look at the world and the enemies the U.S. faces. Consider how degraded our defense capabilities are thanks to the past administration. One of the strongest obligations of government with respect to the common good is to defend the citizenry from all enemies foreign and domestic as our Constitutions states it. I find their troublement profoundly troubling.

  • Posted by: shrink - May. 23, 2017 11:32 AM ET USA

    Follow the money: Trump, unlike Obama, does not see the benefit of paying the Catholic Church for its cooperation.

  • Posted by: feedback - May. 23, 2017 9:54 AM ET USA

    It would nice of these Catholic Bishops if they gave the President some credit for cutting federal funds for abortions.