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Deal Hudson, Catholic Lay Scholar, on the Importance of Bishop Robert Morlino's Affirmation of Paul Ryan's Catholic Values
August 20, 2012
Bishop Morlino's words echo those of Cardinal Timothy Dolan's May letter to the congressman commending him for treating the budget as a 'moral' enterprise. Though Cardinal Dolan is the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Morlino's letter, coming as it does from Ryan's ordinary, carries not just more weight but actual ecclesial authority. Given that Bishop Morlino has now attested to Paul Ryan's good standing in the Church and his commitment to its social teaching the debate can be focused on the prudential issues involved rather than Ryan's Catholicism.