• m lawler

    How sad that this bishop………foresakes the poor. Paul Ryan…..and his heroine Ayn Rand……..his supporters the Koch brothers…. are certainly not what I would consider steeped in Christian values. Leaders of the Catholic Church would do better, in my opinion, to visit with a few nuns. I believe these women will be the salvation of our Church.
    One further statement. Thank God, we as Catholics can vote our own conscience.

    • Jeffersonian

      Who’s foresaking the poor? You can give all you’d like M Lawler.

    • Andrew Peterson

      M Lawler, I have some questions for you:
      Just how is fighting to preserve the solvency of Medicare “forsaking the poor”? Seems to me the poor will greatly benefit from a solvent Medicare. Or do you think the poor are doing better in Greece… What exactly have the Koch Brothers done that is unChristian? Do the poor not benefit from the goods and services provided by the Koch Brothers? Would Jesus have approved of the contraceptive mandates imposed by Obama on the Catholic Church? How is it Christian to confiscate the property of one person and hand it over to another person who did not work for it? Is it not true that conservative states have a higher level of charitable giving than liberal states?

    • Carol

      M Lawler: Are you referring to the nuns who drive pregnant women to abortion clinics? The nuns who advocate homosexual “marriage” and the “right” of priests to marry? The nuns who defied Rome and went on a bus tour of the United States promoting anti-Catholic teaching?
      It would seem that you are more a follower of the Alinsky/Bernardin model than a follower of Jesus Christ! I will pray for you.

  • Deacon Greg Kandra

    I’m surprised that he would infer that anything violating a person’s right to private property is an “intrinsic evil.” That seems to me, at best, a stretch—and an argument that is motivated more by personal politics than moral theology.

    • http://www.virtue-quest.com/ Robert King

      @Deacon Greg Kandra -

      I agree; “socialism” is a muddy word with lots of meanings, not all of which are absolutely opposed to Catholic Social Teaching. Meanwhile, torture and pre-emptive warfare are conspicuously missing from the list of intrinsic evils. Had he included these, I would be much less inclined to read his list through a partisan lens.

  • techvet

    No candidate is perfect, but after this life, you will need to explain to the Big Guy upstairs how you justified voting for a candidate who approved of the one million murders of unborn children that take place each year in the USA.

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  • Tom S

    m lawler, you are parroting Democrat talking points with the Ayn Rand comment. Plenty of faithful Catholics have read Rand and can appreciate her observations regarding free markets and the right to keep and use the fruits of one’s labor as one sees fit. High taxes and unsustainable social welfare programs are not part of Church teachings. Since abortion is part and parcel of Democratic politics, I’m not sure how any Catholic can vote for Obama.

    Further, conservatives believe that a robust, free market economy is the best way for the vast majority of people to pursue their own happiness and live good, worthwhile lives. Of course, there are always people and circumstances requiring our love, care, and charity. That’s why we should have a limited social welfare program, preferably administered at the state-level or below, combined with church and community charities. There is evidence here and around the world that large, generous welfare entitlements destroy families, rob people of their dignity, and diminish people’s ability to take care of themselves.

  • http://www.laetificatmadison.com Elizabeth D

    Bishop Morlino and Paul Ryan have long discussed living out Catholic teaching in politics. If only all Catholic politicians had as healthy a relationship with their bishops. I’m grateful for my bishop’s willingness to come out publicly defending Ryan’s reputation now that he is being falsely attacked and smeared in various ways. Catholics cannot in good conscience vote for pro abortion rights and pro same sex marriage candidates. Voting for Obama is right out of the question. Ryan is totally for the right to life from conception to natural death and for the natural and Biblical definition of the family. The Romney campaign has said they will be proposing their own new and different budget, we don’t even know what that is going to be so I think those who have their doubts about Ryan in regards to the poor, should keep paying attention rather than decide already that they’re not going to vote.

  • withHerhelp

    How much is Network Lobby paying you to vote your “conscience”? And how about adding that Thank God, we as Americans can vote! Do you know how many women throughout the world cannot?

    I doubt those women [your nuns] will be the salvation of any church, they (probably like you) are old bitter spinsters. (Although on second read you are probably a man, but whatever, they pay you to spew their talking points.)

    Oh just saw another thing, bet you didn’t take psych in college! Do you know how many and HOW LOUD people laugh at you and your bus-nuns and your bitter friends always infusing the “Koch Bros” into your talking points? A bit Freudian my friend! ROTFL!! People in my group are of all political leanings, and that one brings us together with laughter every time!
    Most intelligent, informed people know the Koch Bros are dirt poor in comparison to the groups using the poor pitiful Koch-hating tool bus-nuns to advance their anti-Church anti-American agenda.

    The faithful, educated, strong, young (but mature) women laity aided by Our Lady that are embarrassed of the sophomoric, misogynist, camera-seeking likes of you, your bus-nuns and those that continue to slap them in the face with their actions (e.g. Cardinal Dolan)- we are the ones that hope to help ‘save’ the true Church.

    Seriously, I don’t mean this in anger, I just wonder why don’t you people go build your own ‘church’ with your own rules that fit your narcissistic agenda? Because even though “you didn’t build that” you sure are trying really hard to demolish The [physical] Church. So build your own, it’ll be a great lesson in entrepreneurship and economics! And you can be Founders of something! And get all manner of attention!

    And I will bet Paul Ryan’s heroine, (after Our Lady) is Janna Ryan. Oh, and probably his Mom too.

    One further statement. Thank God, we as Catholics can pray for people like you and especially pray for those like ‘Cardinal Dolan.

    “Many cardinals, many bishops and many priests are on the road to perdition and are taking many souls with them. Less and less importance is being given to the Eucharist. You should turn the wrath of God away from yourselves by your efforts.

    If you ask for His forgiveness with sincere hearts, He will pardon you. I, Your Mother, through the intercession of Saint Michael the Archangel, ask you to amend your lives. You are now receiving the last warnings. … I love you very much and do not want your condemnation. Pray to us with sincerity and we will grant your requests. You should make more sacrifices. Think about the passion of Jesus.”
    “The Virgin explained to us how this great punishment would come, because there would come a moment a time in which the Church would seem to perish, as if it were finished or disappearing. The Church would suffer a great trial! We asked the Virgin how this great punishment would be called and She said it was called COMMUNISM.” – Our Lady at Garabandal

    Peace be with y’all!!

  • Dan

    That implies you will vote for pro-death.

  • Houstonmom

    Our own, non-selectively well formed conscience. We will answer not only the choices it leads us to but for the way in which we fashioned it and how vigorously we worked to inform and mold it. Believers must be aware that this is a serious undertaking.

  • Mary

    A properly formed Catholic conscience would know that abortion is intrinsically evil but there can be differences of opinion on the correct application of social justice. I am absolutely thrilled there is a pro-life Catholic running for VP. Our Nation, more than ever, needs Obama and Biden to be defeated!

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