Paul Ryan and Catholic Social Teaching

Now that Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) has been introduced as Mitt Romney’s running mate, my previous articles on Ryan and Catholic social teaching have, unsurprisingly, been getting more hits. I wrote a series of articles after Ryan said that the principles by his federal budget framework are based upon Catholic social teaching.

Combined, I thought the articles represented a helpful view of the different views on how faith informs politics and public policy. So, for anyone looking for a good read on the issue, here are the links to all of those articles:

Paul Ryan: GOP Budget Based Upon Catholic Social Teaching


Liberal Christians Disagree With Paul Ryan: GOP Budget Not Biblical


Congresswoman DeLauro: Ryan Budget Contrary to Catholic Teaching


Interview: Catholic Priest on Ryan Budget and Church Doctrine


Evangelical Christians Agree, Disagree on Budget Priorities


Also, here is an article about Ryan’s compromise Medicare reform bill with Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.):

Rep. Ryan, Sen. Wyden Propose Bipartisan Medicare Fix

And finally, here is an analysis I wrote arguing that Republicans and Democrats may be closer to a budget deal than you might think:
Behind The Hype, Democrats, GOP May Be Closer to a Budget Deal Than You Think

Principled Pragmatism

Thanks to the Center for Public Justice for posting my article on “Principled Pragmatism” in their Capital Commentary.  I argue that it is important for Christians to practice principled pragmatism in public life:

In our political life, Christians should strive to become principled pragmatists. A willingness to compromise does not mean you have given up on your principles. Rather, it means you are pragmatic. You recognize that in a democracy, you will not have policies exactly as you would like, but you strive to make reasonable concessions based upon your principles.

Be sure to read the whole thing.

Do We Have to Agree on Principle to Agree on Policy? A Response to Jordan Ballor

In the debate over the joint statement by Center for Public Justice and Evangelicals for Social Action called “A Call for Intergenerational Justice: A Christian Proposal for the Debt Crisis“, Jordan Ballor, of the Acton Institute, doesn’t like that the agreement says nothing about what the proper role of government should be. He writes,

These religious groups’ focus on government’s role in ameliorating poverty, however, leaves largely unaddressed the real core of the problem, and the necessary steps to address it.

A Call for Intergenerational Justice

I’ve recently signed onto a statement put together by the Center for Public Justice and Evangelicals for Social Action titled A Call for Intergenerational Justice: A Christian Proposal for the American Debt Crisis. The statement points to the immorality of passing our large national debt onto our children and children’s children. It states, 

Today’s federal debts threaten not only the present generation, but also our children and generations yet unborn. Intergenerational justice demands that one generation must not benefit or suffer unfairly at the cost of another.

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