John Boehner and Paul Ryan are both baptized Roman Catholics. They sure don’t act like it. The template of virtue for Catholics, as for all Christians, has always been the teachings of Jesus. And Jesus, if nothing else, was an advocate for the poor. I don’t know of any place in the New Testament where the rich and the comfortable are put on a pedestal. No, Jesus was partial to the least in society. We call it compassion.
It has been said by the wisest of God’s children that a society will be judged by how it treats its most vulnerable. This principle resonates with Pope Francis who has focused on the call of Christ to relieve poverty and distress. By this touchstone, a nation can make an examination of conscience. Does it take away food stamps from children who are starving? Does it deny medical care to the sick? Does it neglect the elderly, the homeless? Does it welcome the stranger, the immigrant, into its land? Does it imprison those who least deserve it? Do its priorites revolve around the privileged or the poor? These are not political questions. These are moral questions.
Mr. Boehner and Mr. Ryan, I don’t think we’re reading the same Bible. Maybe yours was edited by the Koch Brothers.