A few years ago Speaker Paul Ryan was lit up in the press by Catholic for his obsession for cutting aid to poor people. Last week during an all night hearing a fellow Catholic lit him up.
Back in 2012, Ryan said: “Our budget offers a better path, consistent with the timeless principles of our nation’s founding and, frankly, consistent with how I understand my Catholic faith,” We put our trust in people, not in government. Our budget incorporates subsidiarity by returning power to individuals, to families, and to communities.”
Part of “returning power” to individuals meant cutting a massive amount of help to poor people which number over 43 million Americans. What Ryan found so consistently “Catholic” about that is anyone’s guess.
In 2012, National Catholic Reporter wrote: More than 90 Catholic theologians and scholars at the Jesuit university argued Ryan was “profoundly misreading church teaching” and distorting Catholic social doctrine to fit his political agenda. “We would be remiss in our duty to you and our students if we did not challenge your continuing misuse of Catholic teaching to defend a budget plan that decimates food programs for struggling families, radically weakens protections for the elderly and sick, and gives more tax breaks to the wealthiest few,” they wrote. “Subsidiarity is not a free pass to dismantle government programs and abandon the poor to their own devices.” His Georgetown critics also called out Ryan’s infatuation with a libertarian icon.
That would be Ayn Rand. Below, Rep. Joe Kennedy puts it to Ryan more succinctly.