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Wednesday, February 01, 2012

The bishops, Romney, and the poor

I think Romney will win the Republican candidacy and it's possible he'll also win the election against Obama. If that does happen, the US Catholic Bishops will deserve a large part of the blame because of their anti-Obama rhetoric (and the Vatican too). I don't believe the furor the bishops have raised against Obama is really about conscience, but is instead about political power, and if it turns out that the bishops do have the political power to help Romney become president, they should be aware of what that will mean. Here's an example - the US Catholic Bishops, those supposed protectors of the preferential option for the poor, are supporting this guy with nary a conscience problem in sight ....



[...] According to the National Poverty Center at the University of Michigan, children “are 24 percent of the total population, but 36 percent of the poor population.” (Romney guessed that the not very poor, not very rich made up “ninety, ninety-five” per cent of the population.) Twenty-two per cent of the children in the United States live below the poverty level, which is defined as $22,314 for a family of four. The numbers break down to two-fifths of black children, a third of Hispanic children, and one in every eight white children ...
- Mitt, Michelle, and the “Very Poor”


3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

class warfare is not what the church does, it's about saving souls, not confiscating money

8:00 AM  
Blogger crystal said...

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1:51 PM  
Blogger crystal said...

Mortal life here is important, not just the afterlife. If the actual physical welfare of the poor didn't matter, if all that mattered were their souls, then Jesus wouldn't have advised the people of his time to help the poor by giving them money.

1:53 PM  

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