Catholic Academics Challenge Boehner - Don't want to be him next Sunday

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    Catholic Academics Challenge Boehner | National Catholic Reporter

    Breaking News.
    UPDATE: More names have been added to the list of signatories below.
    A group of prominent Catholic academics have signed a letter to Speaker of the House John Boehner, on the occasion of his forthcoming commencement address at the Catholic University of America. I will provide commentary later today, but the letter really speaks for itself, respectfully, clearly and in a way to challenge the Speaker to consider his policies. The letter will be delivered to Boehner's office personally by some of the signatories tomorrow morning.

    From the letter:

    Mr. Speaker, your voting record is at variance from one of the Church’s most ancient moral teachings. From the apostles to the present, the Magisterium of the Church has insisted that those in power are morally obliged to preference the needs of the poor. Your record in support of legislation to address the desperate needs of the poor is among the worst in Congress.

    It is particularly cruel to pregnant women and children, gutting Maternal and Child Health grants and slashing $500 million from the highly successful Women Infants and Children nutrition program. When they graduate from WIC at age 5, these children will face a 20% cut in food stamps. The House budget radically cuts Medicaid and effectively ends Medicare. It invokes the deficit to justify visiting such hardship upon the vulnerable, while it carves out $3 trillion in new tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy.

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    Wow, wow, and wow. What must it feel like to be chastised by the leaders of the church you belong to. And not just some, but many. And the things they wrote. Makes Republicans look like Satan.
     
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    There is nothing about the Republican plan for America that is Christian. They're all about being the corporate brothers keeper.. The poor - not so much.
     
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    They don't believe that. Maybe because when they think "poor", they think black and brown", so it's OK if you don't help them.
     
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    Catholic Academics? Since when do the Academics and not the Priesthood lead the Catholic Church?

    Perhaps, instead of criticizing the Speaker for doing his job and cutting the budget, these Academics should start doing their Christian duty and actually provide service and raise money for these people they supposedly care about instead of complaining when other people can't afford to and burden the tax payers.

    When are people of faith going to wake up to their individual responsibilities and stop trying to get other people to do them instead?
     
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    President Obamas' budget is a joke and everyone knows it:
    Obama unveils $3.73 trillion budget for 2012 - Politics - White House - msnbc.com
    But Obama won't do it because he even ignored his own deficit reduction committee! What an idiot! :lol:
     
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    Those damn socialist Catholics.

    (This has been a rought couple of weeks for the republicans...lol)
     
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    No. Not really.
     
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    Wasn't it Notre Dame that didn't want Obama speaking there?
     
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    Republican policies have always been about the rich, when your fundamental ideological position is a corporate trickle down social Darwinism, you are justified in your mind for all that follows from immoral actions that often hurt children the most. Bravo for this letter.

    "A letter from more than 80 Catholic academics to John Boehner could lead to a healthy political dialogue, but the question now is how, or if, the Speaker of House will respond to the criticism that his politics hurt the poor.

    The letter came on occasion of Boehner’s commencement address at Catholic University of America, where he will also receive an honorary degree this weekend. “Your record in support of legislation to address the desperate needs of the poor is among the worst in Congress,” it reads. “This fundamental concern should have great urgency for Catholic policy makers. Yet, even now, you work in opposition to it.”" What will come from letter to Boehner on poverty policies? | USCatholic.org

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/12/us/12catholic.html

    Catholic Academics Challenge Boehner | National Catholic Reporter


    "When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist." Dom Helder Camara
     
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    why7 catholicism is nothing but a corporation ,
     

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