Paul Ryan, the Catholic Vice Presidential pick is being blamed for being a fan of atheist, pro abortion, anti religion philosopher Ayn Rand. He has admitted that Rand’s novels inspired him to get interested in economics and politics. He was taken with her views on the morality of capitalism and individualism and with her rejection of collectivism.
What he probably didn’t understand as a young student is that his own Catholic church had already endorsed the intrinsic morality of capitalism and the rejection of collectivism that Ayn Rand was supporting. Pope Leo XIII’s 1891 encyclical Rerum Novarum was the first in a long line of important papal teachings on social justice. The core of the economic and political ideals Ayn Rand proposes can be found in Rerum Novarum. Read more.
If you want to read something far more knowledgable and well researched about the little bit that’s good (and Catholic) about Ayn Rand, check out fellow Patheos blogger Frank Weathers over here.