Catholic nuns have begun a bus tour to spread the word about what it means to be a Christian and how you cannot call yourself one if you support the Paul Ryan budget plan.
“It is one thing to have political differences, but to try to hide a budget that will devastate people and claim that it is supported by your faith is unacceptable. He is wrong and he needs to be told so,” Sister Simone Campbell told CNN.
In fact, the Ryan budget cuts focus squarely on programs that hurt the poor and help the rich, which is the exact opposite of the teaching of Jesus Christ in the Catholic Bible.
In an MSNBC interview, one of the nuns criticized the Paul Ryan budget, claiming that Christians are bound by their faith in Christ to take an active role in helping the poor, sick, and helpless, as Jesus taught. Campbell added that a society is only as strong as their weakest people.
Campbell quoted Pope Benedict XVI’s encyclical on ethics and the economy, “Charity in Truth” – a reminder of the Catholic commitment to justice — and said that finding that common ground means reclaiming the full spectrum of life issues to include hunger, homelessness, racism, immigration, capital punishment, war and more. “I am pro-life, all of life.”
Ryan’s budget plan would cut food, medical, education, and housing assistance from the neediest Americans. It would also transform Medicare from a guaranteed health insurance program, to a voucher plan that would hand government checks directly to for-profit insurance companies. The vouchers are designed to pay for only a portion of health care premiums, and does not contain any assurance that people with pre-existing conditions would even be able to find an insurance company willing to cover them.
“There are some Catholic representatives who have voted for the House budget that Representative Ryan proposed and we as Catholics believe that we should go talk to them and talk to their staffs,” Campbell said.
Catholic Bishops are supporting the nuns efforts to call out Christian politicians on their budget-cutting hypocrisy.
"In an April release from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the bishops called on Congress and the Administration to protect essential help for poor families and vulnerable children and put the poor first in budget priorities," the CNN report added.
According to the teachings of Christ, the rich are supposed to help the poor, not cause them more suffering in the name of tax cuts for themselves and trickle-down economics.
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