United Staes Conference of Catholic Bishops letter to the U.S. House of Representatives [HERE]

(Wash. Post)    “..the bishops sent letters to Congress saying that the Ryan budget, passed by the House, ‘fails to meet’ the moral criteria of the Church, namely its view that any budget should help ‘the least of these’ as the Christian Bible requires: the poor, the hungry, the homeless, the jobless. ‘A just spending bill cannot rely on disproportionate cuts in essential services to poor and vulnerable persons,’ the bishops wrote….’Your budget,’ a group of Jesuit scholars and other Georgetown University faculty members wrote to Ryan last week, ‘appears to reflect the values of your favorite philosopher, Ayn Rand, rather than the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Her call to selfishness and her antagonism toward religion are antithetical to the Gospel values of compassion and love….’ ”

(Religion News Network)  Catholic Leaders to Rep. Paul Ryan: Stop Distorting Church Teaching to Justify Immoral Budget

“Nearly 60 prominent theologians, priests, nuns and national Catholic social justice leaders released a statement today refuting Rep. Paul Ryan’s claim that his GOP budget proposal reflects Catholic teaching on care for the poor, which he made in an interview earlier this week with the Christian Broadcasting Network. The group of Catholic leaders — including a former high-ranking U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops official, a priest in Rep. Ryan’s district and the leadership team of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas — called on Ryan to ‘reconsider his radical budget proposal and refrain from distorting Church teaching…’ ”