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ABSTRACTPaul Ryan: Faith in the budget plan - Tim Mak - POLITICO.com Skip to navigation Skip to content Skip to sidebar POLITICO Mobile POLITICO Jobs RSS Expand Search by Author Any Reporter Abrahamson, Zachary Allen, Jonathan Allen, Mike Berman, Dan Birnbaum, Gregg Boak, Josh Boliek, Brooks Bravender, Robin Bresnahan, John Budoff Brown, Carrie Buford, Talia Burns, Alexander Byers, Dylan Catanese, David Coller, Andie Dixon, Darius DoBias, Matt Dovere, Edward-Isaac Epstein, Jennifer Epstein, Reid J. Everett, Burgess Feder, J. Lester Frerking, Beth Gavin, Patrick Gerstein, Josh Gibson, Ginger Glass, Andrew Goode, Darren Gordon, Craig Grieve, Tim GuillĂ©n, Alex Haberkorn, Jennifer Haberman, Maggie Harris, John F. Hart, Kim Heitz, Dianna Hillman, G. Robert Hohmann, James Isenstadt, Alex Kady II, Martin Kamen, Jess Kenen, Joanne Kim, Seung Min King, Bob Krigman, Eliza Lee, MJ Levinthal, Dave Lovley, Erika Mahtesian, Charles Mak, Tim Mann, Aleesa Mark, David Martin, Jonathan Martinez, Jennifer Martinson, Erica McCalmont, Lucy McDevitt, Caitlin McGann, Laura Meyers, Jessica Millman, Jason Mowder, Adam Murgai, Puja Nather, David Nelson, Eric Nichols, Bill Nocera, Kate Norman, Brett Palmer, Anna Petersen, Olivia Phillip, Abby Pulte, Lauren Quinn, Michelle Raju, Manu Rauf, David Saleh Reis, Patrick Rogers, David Romano, Lois Romm, Tony Rosche, Jedd Samuelsohn, Darren Schultheis, Emily Sherman, Jake Simon, Roger Slack, Donovan Smolkin, Rachel Snider, Adam Summers, Juana Tau, Byron Thrush, Glenn Trowbridge, Alexander Van Dongen, Rachel VandeHei, Jim Vogel, Kenneth P. Wasserman, Elizabeth Weinger, Mackenzie White, Ben Williams, Joseph Wolfe, Kathryn A. Wong, Scott Wright, Austin Zapler, Mike Date Search POLITICO 2012 Live 2012 Live Home Latest Polls Candidate Tracker Today's Calendar Election Results GOP Delegate Tracker 44 Congress Blogs Burns & Haberman Dylan Byers David Catanese CLICK On Congress Josh Gerstein Joe Scarborough Arena Opinion Policy Money Health Care Energy and Environment Defense Technology Transportation and Infrastructure Video Headlines Bookshelf POLITICO Pro Navigate: POLITICO Congress Paul Ryan: Faith in the budget plan Paul Ryan: Faith in the budget plan 100 Email Print Wisconsin Democrats fired back at Ryan over his remarks. | AP Photo Close By TIM MAK | 4/10/12 1:16 PM EDT Updated: 4/11/12 8:22 AM EDT House Budget Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) says his Catholic faith helped shape the Republican budget plan by stressing local control and concern for the poor, according to an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network released Tuesday. “A person’s faith is central to how they conduct themselves, in public and in private, so to me, using my Catholic faith, we call it the social magisterium, which is: How do you apply the doctrine of your teaching into your everyday life as a lay person?” he said. Continue Reading Text Size - + reset Ryan said that the principle of subsidiarity — a notion, rooted in Catholic social teaching, that decisions are best made at most local level available — guided his thinking on budget planning. “To me, the principle of subsidiarity, which is really federalism, meaning government closest to the people governs best, having a civil society … where we, through our civic organizations, through our churches, through our charities, through all of our different groups where we interact with people as a community, that’s how we advance the common good,” Ryan said. The Wisconsin Republican said that he also drew on Catholic teachings regarding concern for the poor, and his interpretation of how that translated into government policy. “[T]he preferential option for the poor, which is one of the primary tenets of Catholic social teaching, means don’t keep people poor, don’t make people dependent on government so that they stay stuck at their station in life, help people get out of poverty out onto life of independence,” said Ryan. ( Also on POLITICO: Obama mocks Ryan budget) In 2011, after Ryan’s last budget proposal, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Timothy Dolan, commended the Republican’s “continued attention” to Catholic social justice “in the current delicate budget considerations in Congress.” “The budget is not just about numbers,” Dolan wrote in a letter in May 2011. “It reflects the very values of our nation. As many religious leaders have commented, budgets are moral statements.” While Dolan did not explicitly endorse Ryan’s budget plan, he did praise the politician’s emphasis on fiscal responsibility, the role of the family, the dignity of human life and attention to the poor. Wisconsin Democrats fired back at Ryan over his remarks, arguing that Ryan’s budget benefits the “super-rich” at the expense of the poor. “For Paul Ryan to justify his radical budget .......