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What will the Catholic bishops do now?

By Bertram de Souza (Contact)

Published August 12, 2012

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The hierarchy of the American Roman Catholic Church has embraced the Republican Party in this presidential election because of one issue: abortion. And the GOP has bent over backwards to cater to the bishops — mostly grey-haired white men with a skewed view of the world.

Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, has benefitted from the alliance. But with Romney’s announcement Saturday that Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan will be his vice presidential running mate, the Catholic Church’s leaders are in a bind.

Ryan, a seven-term congressman and chairman of the House Budget Committee, is the architect of a budget balancing plan that benefits the rich and punishes the poor. The bishops have harshly criticized the Ryan plan as hurting the most vulnerable of Americans.

It will be interesting to see whether the bishops are willing to take on the Romney-Ryan team on this important social justice issue — the way that a group of outspoken, dedicated American nuns have been doing during their national tour. They have been harshly criticized by the Vatican and have raised the ire of some American Catholic leaders. But the nuns have been undaunted by the criticism, arguing that a political agenda that hurts those who are already struggling to survive is not a Christian value.

The Romney-Ryan ticket has pleased the ultra conservative in the Republican Party, but it remains to be seen whether the Bible thumpers, who are suspicious of Mormons and Catholics, will overcome their religious bigotry.

Meanwhile, the Catholic bishops have a decision to make: Ignore their misgivings about the Ryan budget just because of the abortion issue, or stand on principle.


1Letstryagain(201 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

A column in a periodical does not impart wisdom to the writer. How is one comfortable saying another has a skewed view of the world. As it comes to scholarly pursuits Bertram, I will put these mosty white gray haired men against your intellect and powers of observations anytime and any place. We can save logic and reasoning for another time.

You will find that the Catholic Bishops will stand on principle. The intellect, logic and consideration given to their stand will be difficult for most to understand, including myself. It will not be as simplistic as you have proposed to your readers.

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2Education_Voter(1033 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

How did that principle, intellect, logic, and consideration help them in the child molestation scandals?
Not much.
The Bishops know nothing about the lives of women in families, and apparently don't ask.
While Jesus said nothing in the Gospels about abortion, he said plenty about ignoring the poor, something that goes against all of Biblical tradition.
So yeah.
By wanting to be in politics, and feel like they wielded power, they got themselves in a mess.

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3peacelover(829 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

I would be interested to hear from all the staunch Catholics out there how they justify this mess and how they are going to vote and why.

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4palbubba(767 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

Education_Voter-The bible makes it very clear that it is against God's law to kill another. There is no exception for the unborn, the most vulnerable. Jesus does not advocate that government needs to care for the poor, but that we as individuals need to care for the poor among us. The church also has this responsibility, which you can clearly see by the great number of food pantries and the church response to disasters all over the world. Please study the Bible, do not just use it incorrectly to try and make a political point. Bertram is even more uninformed than you are.

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5GoPens(397 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

@education voter
Don't try and use logic and reasoning with this bunch. They're a lost cause

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6teachworldtosing(4 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

What, Bertram defending Catholic renegade nuns many of whom who are pro abortion and pro homosexuality? Yeah, that may be a church Bertram would go to, but that's about it. Talk about "skewed" look at the world.

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