... by the name of Paul Ryan (R-Wis). I'm sure you've heard of him. Romney is scheduled
to announce his choice publicly on Saturday morning in Norfolk,
Virginia. If Ryan is indeed Mitt Romney's choice, there will be plenty
to discuss in terms of politics and policy. But what will also be very
interesting is how Ryan will be perceived and painted by Catholics,
especially those who think his budget proposals are directly opposed to
Catholic social doctrineeven though they aren't.
selecting Ryan would open up even further discussion of essential
principles of Catholic social doctrinesome of which, such as subsidiarity,
have been essentially ignored for decades; some of which, such as
social justice, have been essentially co-opted and wildly misrepresented
for decades; some of which, such as the personalist principle,
have been pushed to the side or hidden due to either embarrassment or
disdain. Why would such discussions likely take place? Because Ryan
himself openly appeals to the principle of subsidiarity and insists his approach to budgetary measures is guided by Catholic social doctrine.
And because his critics, such as the Georgetown profs and faculty
members who sought to lecture him on social doctrine, accuse Ryan of
"misuse of Catholic teaching" while trying to depict him as a disciple
of Ayn Rand, which is not only dubious but is rather curious considering
how few Georgetown profs and faculty members are really concerned about
explaining, defending, and promoting authentic Magisterial teaching.
choice of Ryan will further harden the already strong lines between
those Catholics following and supporting the bishops' unified opposition
to the HHS mandate and those Catholics who continue to statewithout
much evidence or logicthat such opposition is not only misguided but
rooted in cynical, measured partisanship. At this point, it's difficult
to avoid the conclusion that the Obama administration is the most openly
anti-Catholic, hyper-statist, Constitutionally-challenged
administration in U.S. history. The contrast between Romney and Obama
might not always be as dramatic as many would like, but the contrast
between Ryan and Biden is certainly more glaring, obvious,
andespecially for Catholicstelling.