“It is not for the bishop or priests to endorse particular candidates or political parties. [...] It is the role of bishops and priests to teach principles of our faith, such that those who seek elected offices, if they are Catholics, are to form their consciences according to these principles about particular policy issues. [...] Making decisions as to the best political strategies, the best policy means, to achieve a goal, is the mission of lay people, not bishops or priests. [...] Thus, it is not up to me or any bishop or priest to approve of Congressman Ryan’s specific budget prescription to address the best means we spoke of. Where intrinsic evils are not involved, specific policy choices and political strategies are the province of Catholic lay mission. But, as I’ve said, vice presidential candidate Ryan is aware of Catholic social teaching and is very careful to fashion and form his conclusions in accord with the principles mentioned above. Of that I have no doubt. (I mention this matter in obedience to church law regarding one’s right to a good reputation.)”
Bishop Robert Morlino of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Madison, Wis., on the Catholic formation of Republican vice presiedntial candidate Paul Ryan.
Wis. Rep. Paul Ryan speaks during a news conference at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., U.S., in April 2011.
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