Paul Ryan: Objectivist Catholic

In 2005, Paul Ryan was an devotee of Ayn Rand: “I grew up reading Ayn Rand and it taught me quite a bit about who I am and what my value systems are and what my beliefs are. It’s inspired me so much that it’s required reading in my office for all my interns and my staff. . . . the reason I got involved in public service, by and large, if I had to credit one thinker, one person, it would be Ayn Rand. And the fight we are in here, make no mistake about it, is a fight of individualism versus collectivism.”

But in 2012, he seems to have converted to Catholicism: “I reject her philosophy. It’s an atheist philosophy. It reduces human interactions down to mere contracts and it is antithetical to my worldview. If somebody is going to try to paste a person’s view on epistemology to me, then give me Thomas Aquinas, don’t give me Ayn Rand.”

via Is Paul Ryan for or against Ayn Rand? – and National Review

When will Romney balance the budget? Paul Ryan says “We haven’t run the numbers”

‘Last night, newly ensconced Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan sat down for his first solo interview with Fox News’ Brit Hume and let slip an admission about Mitt Romney’s budget plan — an admission that’s receiving surprisingly little press attention. Asked by Hume when the Romney plan would balance the budget, Ryan said he didn’t know because “we haven’t run the numbers on that specific plan.”‘

Paul “Bat Boy” Ryan can Bite Me.

via “We Haven’t Run The Numbers:” A Startling Ryan Admission That’s Getting Little Attention | Blog | Media Matters for America.

Rep. Paul Ryan converts from Objectivism to Catholicism

After years as the United State’s number one proponent of Ayn Rand’s philosophy of Objectivism, Rep. Ryan has come to an Epiphany and undergone a conversion to the Roman Catholic Church.

In the old days, Ryan required his staff members to read Rand’s novel, Atlas Shrugged. The article doesn’t say what their required reading is now, but maybe it’s Summa Theologica.

We applaud Ryan’s progress and hope that his next step will involve becoming less of a dick.

Under Catholic pressure Paul Ryan backs away from Rand, Objectivism | The Raw Story.

Ryan Says Catholics Can Choose Which Church Teachings to Follow

U.S. House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan thinks Catholics — or at least he — can choose which Church teachings to follow. And he’s probably right. After all, politicians are denied Communion for supporting the right of non-Catholics to have abortions, but the Church doesn’t punish politicians who commit a wide variety of sins or who support other policies in contravention of Catholic doctrine.

via Ryan Says Catholics Can Disagree Over Cuts in Aid to Poor – Bloomberg.

Religious leaders speak out against Paul Ryan’s “immoral” GOP budget

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.”

via Religious leaders speak out against GOP budget | Deseret News.

See also and Washington Post.