Follow usTwitterFacebook

Latest

15 Sep 2016 News No comments

Pregnant woman loses baby after violent attack

The woman was subject to a racial attack in Bletchley, Buckinghamshire An unborn baby has died after a pregnant woman was attacked by a man in a supermarket ca…

Read more

20 Nov 2015 News Vatican No comments

Vatican Mount Christmas Tree already: Watch Video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fk16J0215uM Though it's still November but the Vatican have her Christmas Tree already, blowing the holidays spirit around to…

Read more

18 Aug 2016 News No comments

Bishop heading to Vatican will miss ‘beautiful people and culture’ of Dallas

  Bishop Kevin Farrell, head of the new office for marriage and family life, say the subjects are key for the future of society The importance of the voc…

Read more

20 May 2015 Vatican No comments

Monday Meeting of Curia Leaders was devoted to Jubilee Year plans

When Pope Francis met on May 18th, 2015 with top officials of the Roman Curia, the meeting was devoted to plans for the Jubilee Year of Mercy, Vatican Insider r…

Read more

22 Oct 2015 News Vatican No comments

Synod finds strong support for Church teaching in communion debate

Despite pastoral challenges posed by divorced-and-civilly-remarried Catholics, many synod fathers are in favor of current Church teaching and practice according…

Read more

24 Nov 2014 Q&A Comments (14)

Can a bishop prohibit receiving Communion on the tongue?

 Full Question Recently I was attending Mass in another diocese, and when I approached the extraordinary minister of the Eucharist to receive on the tongue…

Read more

31 May 2016 Vatican No comments

Pope urges Catholics and Orthodox Christians to join in prayer for Syrian children

The joint Day of Prayer for Peace, sponsored by Aid to the Church in Need, is one of several initiatives to promote peace in the troubled country Pope Francis …

Read more

16 Jun 2016 Articles No comments

Forcing Families to Attend Mass

When inquirers call into Catholic Answers, they sometimes share concerns about practices going on in their parish. Those concerns often center around the Mass a…

Read more

12 Sep 2016 News No comments

Macedonians gather at St Teresa’s birthplace to celebrate canonisation

The event came at the end of a week of festivities organised by Macedonia's parliament Hundreds of people have gathered in the main square of Macedonia’s capit…

Read more
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
«
»

I was wrong to call poor people ‘takers’, Paul Ryan tells Catholic students

Ryan said he regretted generalising about the poor and wanted to ‘fess up and fix it’

US House Speaker Paul Ryan has said he was “just wrong” when he generalised four years ago about poor people being “takers”.

After a speech at Georgetown University, a Jesuit-run institution, Ryan, the House Speaker and a Catholic, was asked by Rachel Hirsch, a graduate student: “What prompted you to reconsider your previous statements about poor people as takers?”

“I was just wrong,” Ryan replied. “I didn’t mean to give offence … There are people who get knocked down in life. And to lump an entire category of people in one broad brush is wrong, I think.”

He added that the only way to deal with his previous rhetoric was to “own up to it. Just fess up and fix it.”

It is not the first time that Ryan has regretted his distinction between “makers and takers”. In a 2012 speech, he said that government benefits were creating “a majority of takers versus makers in America”. That same year, the Georgetown faculty sent an open letter to Ryan when he came to speak at the university. Ryan was then Mitt Romney’s running-mate in the presidential election.

The academics accused Ryan of a “misuse of Catholic teaching to defend a budget plan that decimates food programmes for struggling families, radically weakens protections for the elderly and sick, and gives more tax breaks to the wealthiest few”. They said Ryan was “profoundly misreading” Catholic teaching by ignoring governments’ responsibility to help “communities and local governments face problems beyond their means such as economic crises, high unemployment, endemic poverty and hunger”.

In his 2012 speech, Ryan replied to the academics, saying: “The work I do as a Catholic holding office conforms to the social doctrine as best I can make of it.”

Ryan and his staff have recently been working with charitable organisations, led by Catholic Charities USA, to showcase programmes that aid poor families, homeless individuals, the sick and the elderly. The charities have stressed that their work would be impossible without some government support.

Ryan said he wanted to “make my case” for supporting the Republicans. “I’m going to go out on a limb and assume the thought had not occurred to most of you,” he told the Georgetown students. “So here’s how I’d sum it up: The America that you want is the America that we want – open, diverse, dynamic. It is what I call a confident America, where the condition of your birth does not determine the outcome of your life, where we tackle our problems together so that all of us can thrive.”

Ryan’s one-hour talk was billed by him as an effort to reach out to millennials. Political observers described it as an effort to soften his image in preparation for a 2020 run for the presidency. Ryan has ruled out running for president this year.









wpsd_autopost:
1

Leave a Reply

  1. most read post
  2. Most Commented
  3. Choose Categories