Is Paul Ryan's application of the Catholic principle of subsidiarity to proposed cuts in
the US budget really CATHOLIC?
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They cast a cold eye on most social programs, viewing them as too costly and burdensome for the taxpayer. Their rationale for this approach is that promoting people's self reliance must be the paramount policy consideration, that citizens must be encouraged to develop a modern version of the frontier mentality by finding ways to fend for themselves. From this perspective, poor people should look to local community and church organizations - not government - for support.
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On Sunday, Oct 16, 2016, Kevin Clarke presented an intriguing look at "Ryan Economics & Catholicism". Are Paul Ryan's US budget cuts based on the Catholic principle of subsidiarity really CATHOLIC? Conservatives frequently point to the Catholic Principle of Subsidiarity to support their arguments for limiting the power of big government, their worst bugbear. The decentralization of political power is at the heart of understanding this principle; advocates for subsidiarity claim that societal decisions ought to be handled by the smallest, lowest and least centralized authority.
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Mr. Patel was joined by Nancy Lorence from the Metro New York Catholic Climate Movement. Ms. Lorence spoke on the engagement of Catholics in environmental and climate change issues, some of the motivating factors in their commitment, and the various Catholic organizations mobilizing to have a significant Catholic presence at the climate march. Representatives of the Global Catholic Climate Movement and the Franciscan Action Network also attended and were introduced. The book "GreenFaith: Mobilizing God’s People to Protect the Planet" (Abingdon Press, 2015) by Rev Fletcher Harper, an episcopal priest and leader of GreenFaith was available for purchase at the event. Electronic copies of the Pope Francis encyclical "Laudato Si’: Care for Our Common Home" were available on request; with print copies raffled as part of fundraising.
Catholics & The Climate March
Earth Day weekend, CTA presented a special program featuring Gopal Patel, Director of The BHUMI Project at the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies, and representative from GreenFaith, the organization coordinating multi-faith participation at the People’s Climate March in Washington, DC on April 29. Mr. Patel spoke on why people of faith are compelled to address climate issues, and described international faith initiatives to raise awareness about global environmental concerns. His presentation described project work on greening Hindu temples and places of pilgrimage across India, the training of young Hindus on good environment practice and international involvement in the 2014 climate accord action.