A number of religious leaders have denounced the Republican budget put forward March 20, 2012, by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis), House Budget Committee Chairman.
“As a constituent of Congressman Ryan and a Catholic priest, I’m disappointed by his cruel budget plan and outraged that he defends it on moral grounds,” Father Thomas Kelly, Catholic priest from Elkhorn, Wyo., said in a statement. “Ryan is Catholic, and he knows that justice for the poor and economic fairness are core elements of our church’s social teaching. It’s shameful that he disregarded these principles in his budget.”
Susan Brooks Thistlewaite, former president of Chicago Theological Seminary, said the new budget crosses “values held by Jesus of Nazareth.” Let me finish her statement for her: “and Paul Ryan can bite me.”