Why Catholics are right to applaud Boehner
In this morning’s Washington Post, Ed Gillespie, former counselor to President George W. Bush and a former chairman of the Republican National Committee, pinpoints the confusion deliberately spread among Catholics by pundits like E.J. Dionne — that the only acceptable way to help the poor is to assume from the outset they do not want most of all the opportunity to take care of themselves. That takes education, strong families and real jobs, all of which Speaker Boehner has supported throughout his years in Congress. Yes, there should always be a ‘safety net’ for those in poverty but care should be taken that net is not viewed as the best help our nation can provide those in need.
In the Op-Ed, Gillespie writes:
“Liberal critics often discount both the role of charity in helping meet the needs of the poor (and public opinion and behavioral research consistently show that self-identified conservatives donate a higher percentage of their income to charity than do self-identified liberals), and the importance of local and state programs. Subsidiarity is an important tenet of the Catholic Church, which is the belief that, as John Paul II said, “a community of a higher order should not interfere in the internal life of a community of a lower order, depriving the latter of its functions, but rather should support it in case of need and help to coordinate its activity with the activities of the rest of society, always with a view to the common good.” In the realm of political debate, conservatives apply this as federalism.”
Click here to read Ed Gillespie’s full Op-Ed published May 27, 2011 in The Washington Post