46 Million in Poverty: Catholic Leaders Bolt Against Cuts to Poor in Ryan Budget — After years of Catholic Democrats taking hits for supporting policies counter to church teachings the script has suddenly flipped and Ryan is on defense on the issue of poverty.
In an era of historic poverty that features 46 million Americans living below the poverty line, House Republican Budget Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) finds himself on defense with Catholic leaders. In early April, Ryan appeared on the Christian Broadcasting Network and said his Catholic faith guided him in creating the House GOP budget. Catholics leaders strongly disagree.
“These cuts are unjustified and wrong,” said the Conference of Catholic Bishops in a letter slamming Ryan’s budget for cutting poverty programs. The Bishops wrote House GOP leaders saying the budget plan lacked, “moral criteria.”