The Common Good

The Nation: Paul Ryan's Focus On Dignity

Source: NPR
Date: March 26, 2012


"The inherent dignity of all people is the foundational principle of Catholic social teaching because we're all created in the image of God," Father Thomas Kelly, a constituent of Representative Ryan's, told me after a conference call with Half in Ten. "A budget that cuts nutrition programs for poor children and tells working families they must sacrifice even more so the wealthy can have bigger tax cuts offends bedrock Catholic values. It's hard to square Representative Ryan's moral rhetoric with the cruel reality of this budget."