Catholics pray for Paul Ryan’s, Joe Biden’s change of heart

Some Wisconsin Catholics are praying both Catholic vice presidential candidates will have a religious epiphany. They want GOP Rep. Paul … Continued

Some Wisconsin Catholics are praying both Catholic vice presidential candidates will have a religious epiphany. They want GOP Rep. Paul Ryan to change his mind and heart about his deep-cuts budget, and Vice President Biden to turn against abortion rights.

Two Franciscans, Rhett Engelking, a layman, and the Rev. Michael Crosby, have launched a website Pray for Paul’s Change of Heart with a special rosary prayer to St. Paul — the most famous of converts who once condemned Christ until he saw the light on the road to Damascus.

While praising the congressman’s sincere faith, they say they want Ryan to “reconnect with the compassion for the poor and vulnerable that is rooted in our consciences and articulated by the Catholic Church.”

Their press release highlights the U.S. Catholic bishops’ stance that the deep budget slashes fail to meet Catholic moral criteria to protect the poor and promote common good.

So far, that hasn’t worked with Ryan. The “Nuns on the Bus” nine-state tour this summer paused at his district office to talk up the vision of a just and compassionate budget. Ryan didn’t meet them there but later had a “cordial” private conversation with the leader of the tour.

“We agreed to disagree,” Sister Simone Campbell, director of a Catholic advocacy group, Network, told The Daily Beast. “Actually, we both agreed that we care passionately about the future of this country. So we did find some common ground.”

The Franciscan duo also calls for prayers for Biden that he will shift to oppose abortion and protect “the born and preborn.”

They back up their pleas with links to the website of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

(Cathy Lynn Grossman writes for USA Today.)

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Cathy Lynn Grossman | Religion News Service Cathy Lynn Grossman is a senior national correspondent for Religion News Service, specializing in stories drawn from research and statistics on religion, spirituality and ethics, and manager for social media. She joined RNS in 2013 after 23 years with USA TODAY, where she created the religion and ethics beat for the national newspaper.
  • AliJay

    Here’s an idea. Why not tax churches. All religions! They are the biggest businesses in the world and we don’t even charge a meer property tax.

  • verbummilitant

    Have we lost our faith? Why do we not understand that there is NO GRACE, NO LOVE in the forced re-distribution of wealth. Why do we continue to, as Catholic Charities suggests “need twenty-first century solutions for twenty-first century poverty?”

    We need have faith in first century solution for twenty-first century poverty! We need to place ALL OUR TRUST IN HIS MERCY AND LOVE and not in government. Why after spending trillions on the 1960′s War on Poverty are there more people in this country in poverty?

    Government re-distribution is not the answer. I suggest we try true Charity. One that comes from the heart; not from the point of a bayonet. I suggest we place our TRUST in HE WHO IS LOVE. That way we feed both the body AND the soul of both the giver and the receiver.

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