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

David Cameron for President

In 2012, Republicans have an opportunity to nominate a presidential candidate that can clarify a message for voters that is both conservative in principle and innovative in practice. Someone who can re-imagine a new social contract between Americans and their government. A contract that would demolish the liberal model of top-down bureaucratic decision making and replace it with a decentralized approach that empowers local governments, private groups, and individuals to provide solutions that best address their unique circumstances. This new approach would recognize a role for government in providing a modest, affordable, and effective social safety net that seeks to promote, rather than discourage, personal responsibility and community activism.

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