Catholic Bishops Oppose GOP Budget Proposals
April 26, 2012
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, in an April 17 letter to several congressional committees, has criticized Republican budget proposals that would cut food stamp benefits for hungry adults and children while preserving military spending and subsidies to agribusiness.
The bishops’ statement says:
Bishops Stephen E. Blaire of Stockton, Calif., and Richard Pates of Des Moines, Iowa, chairmen of the committees on domestic justice and human development and international justice and peace, respectively, urged Congress to resist proposed cuts in hunger and nutrition programs at home and abroad.
Bishops Blaire and Pates reaffirmed the “moral criteria to guide these difficult budget decisions” outlined in their budget letter. Among the criteria, they propose:
Sixty Catholic activists, including theologians and social justice advocates released a statement alongside the Bishops’ letter saying:
Says International President Edwin D. Hill: